UFC 230 is a paradise for middleweight division fans. As many as eight ranked middleweights will throw down against each other, two of them being #6 ranked Derek Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and #9 ranked Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
Undefeated prospect Adesanya carries a lot of hype behind him and defeating a veteran like Brad Tavares in his last fight has certainly given him confidence. Brunson however believes Adesanya has holes in his game and he’s one of the easiest matchups he’ll have in the UFC.
“A lot of people are high on [Adesanya], a lot of people believe in him, but I’m not too much of a believer,” Derek Brunson said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN.
“I’m not a guy who is going to let you dictate or do whatever you want to,” Brunson says. “I’m not impressed by this kid. His striking is okay. He’s long, which is the best thing going for him. Doesn’t hit hard. This is the fight I like. One of the easiest matchups I’ll have in the UFC. One of the easiest people to prepare for.
“He’s bad on the ground. His wrestling isn’t good. I see holes in his game. He’s a little frail guy. I think I’ll get the finish early”.