Israel Adesanya: I want to be Anderson Silva’s final opponent | UFC 234 | ESPN MMA

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Israel Adesanya speaks with ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto about Anderson Silva’s emotions at the UFC 234 weigh-ins, saying that the former middleweight king played his last trump card and is trolling. Adesanya says that he wants to be the last one to fight “The Spider.”

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44 thoughts on “Israel Adesanya: I want to be Anderson Silva’s final opponent | UFC 234 | ESPN MMA

  1. If Silva loses this fight he will 100% retire. His plan is to only have 2 more fights, this one & the title shot he will receive if he wins, then he'll retire. But if he loses this fight there will be no title shot so he will just hang up the gloves.

  2. The most respectful thing to do would b e to fight at 100% I don't think any silly kind games are being played, I think Anderson is aware of his mortality and just taking it in, that said Israel should do exactly what he said and giev Anderson the best version of the last stylebender

  3. Been into Israel's rise, but didn't like his response in all this. He looked pissed about Silva playing the tears card and tried to redirect the attention back on himself by pretending to be affected by the display. Would've been better to not respond to it at all, just talk about being excited to fight. Be respectful to Silva's status or he looks like Alex Hernandez, but no need to pretend to be touched by Silva's manipulation tears. Whittaker has been demonstrating the right balance between confidence and realism, he appears to be a more mature person than either Silva or Adesanya.

    This whole thing could throw him off his center, the pressure of an undefeated rise is real. The ego is powerful. I'm still rooting for him because his fighting style is dope and it's time for Silva to move on, but hopefully he doesn't prevent the full expression of his skills over the long haul due to the ego-trap of success. He's smart, so even if he does and has a failure from it, he'll probably figure it out in the long run.

    A failure at this level might be the exact thing he needs to rise even higher. Like Tyson Fury talking about the huge wave of depression he got after defeating Klitschko, the loss of that goal hit hard. Defeat can be beautiful. Khabib needs some of that, shake off his father, have a true opponent that he needs to rise up to defeat. Why does the Nevada ruling restrict Khabib from fighting in the entire global UFC network? Why can't him and Tony fight somewhere else? Contractual agreement? Fuck the Nevada commission, bunch of crooks, $500k my ass.

  4. The first 60 seconds after this fight is over will be one of those legendary moments in combat sports where both guys are completely humble and respectful to each other at the most primal level. A true martial art competition

  5. I think even though Israel is going to go 100 percent Silva's going to shock the world with how ready he is. People mustve forgot Silva is a beast striker. Izzy is really smart to give it his all.

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