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UFC: Israel Adesanya doesn’t want the UFC to protect him

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Renjith Ravindran
An engineer by luck and a sports writer by passion, Renjith has been covering various sports for almost half a decade. He has received praise from the likes of WWE superstars Paul Heyman and Natalya for his work and has also interviewed some notable names from the business. He is constantly looking out for creative challenges that excite him and finds beauty in the art of Combat Sports.
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Israel Adesanya made a huge debut in the UFC at UFC 221 when he outclassed Rob Wilkinson. Adesanya’s impressive striking display was the talking point in the MMA community after the event and now, the 28-year-old has come out with some bold statements.

UFC: Israel Adesanya doesn’t want the UFC to protect him - Adesanya
Israel Adesanya is out to eat the sharks (PC: Tapology)

Talking to, Adesanya revealed that the debut went just like the way he planned.

“This what I’ve been planning for all along. My plan from the get-go was to be an international prizefighter and part of that is having to deal with media and people and all that. For me, I just make sure I keep the same energy. I evolve, but I keep the same energy and my spirit stays the same. Ain’t nothing changing, but the change, and that’s all good for us.” He said.

The former kickboxer then went on to boldly state that he is not in the UFC just to swim with the sharks but to eat them.

“All these other people coming from ‘Looking for a Fight’ and they jump in the UFC after 3 or 4 fights, some of them do well, some of them don’t. Before you swim in the depths of the ocean you got to make sure you can swim with sharks. The difference is I don’t just swim with the sharks, I eat them and that’s what I’m about to do.” He added.

No protection needed

Adesanya holds an impressive record of 12-0 in MMA as of now with all of his 12 wins coming via finishes. He started his MMA career back in 2012 when he fought in the Supremacy Fighting Championship. He then fought in the WLF, FPF, WFC, Australian Fighting championship and Hex Fight Series before breaking into the UFC.

As there is a talk around the block that UFC might end up protecting Adesanya due to the hype he created, the fighter himself has come out and said that he is up for any challenge that comes his way.

“This is all stuff I’ve prepared for and planned for. This feels like déjà vu and I’m just waiting. Don’t protect me, I don’t need it. I’m ready to kick the door down so let’s go all in son,” Adesanya said.

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