Undefeated middleweight prospect Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) gets his first shot against a ranked fighter as he takes on #8 ranked veteran Brad Tavares at TUF Finale on July 6.
After a big leap like this, Adesanya likes the way he has been promoted thus far.
“In the UFC it’s sink or swim and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Fights like this are why I’m happy I didn’t sign earlier in my MMA journey when people were constantly telling me to sign with UFC. The reason why I took my time getting here is because I wanted to be ready to face the best when I got here.
“People think I just showed up out of nowhere. They don’t know anything about the body of work I’ve put together over the last 10 years; they don’t realize where I’ve been or know about the asses I’ve been kicking all over the world.”
Adesanya concluded saying he does not require the necessary push which the UFC tends to give to other prospects.
“I don’t want to be babied all the way to the top. The UFC have been looking after me. I’ve been getting the fights I want, they just didn’t know that I wanted them. They aren’t rushing me, I’m going at my own pace and I’m cruising.”