The Belt’s Never Mattered To Me: Israel Adesanya Says He’s Now Going To Fight “Just For Fun”

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Israel Adesanya might have been dethroned for a second time, but that hardly takes away the “fun” of the fight game from him.

That belt’s just a nice accessory: Israel Adesanya

In the main event of UFC 293, “The Last Stylebender” suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Sean Strickland, who won the title fight in a very one-sided unanimous decision victory, becoming the new 185-pound champ.

Many eyebrows were raised at how Adesanya performed in the Octagon that night, and talks of a rematch immediately became a hot topic. However, Izzy himself is not keen on having an immediate rematch with “Tarzan”.

Taking to his official YouTube channel, Adesanya stated that the belt matters little to him and he’s now in the fight game for the fun.

“The belt’s never mattered to me. I mean, it does obviously, but how many times have I said it’s just a fancy tiara that brings more money and this and that, rah, rah, rah,” said Adesanya. “That belt’s just a nice accessory. I’ve already got belts, I have many belts. I’m just going to do it again, just for fun. Just for fun.”

“Like a bad dream,” said Adesanya about the loss to Strickland. “One of those where you, not even a nightmare. A nightmare is like, ‘Oh s**t. F**k.’ A nightmare, you’re scared. I was just like, you try to hit the guy, and it just felt like noodle arms. Like, ‘What the f**k.’ It just felt like a bad dream. Feeling it and watching it were completely different. I called Eugene (Bareman) right after and we talked and the same thing. We’re quietly confident.”  [H/T]

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