After losing to Sean Strickland at UFC 293, Israel Adesanya learned a valuable lesson from the adage “best defense is a good offense”

In a memorable showdown at UFC 293, Israel Adesanya faced off against Sean Strickland in a battle that left the world of combat sports buzzing. As the dust settles on this electrifying bout, Adesanya takes away more than just a loss from his encounter with Sean Strickland. The defeat, though a setback, could serve as a catalyst for The Stylebender’s continued growth and evolution as an icon in the industry.

While Strickland emerged victorious, Israel Adesanya walked away with more than just a loss on his record; he learned a valuable lesson from the age-old adage that “the best defense is a good offense”.

Sean’s impeccable defense taught Adesanya the lesson “best defense is a good offense”

Known for his striking prowess and exceptional combat skills, Israel Adesanya has often been recognized as one of the most technically sound fighters in the middleweight division. However, facing Sean Strickland presented a unique challenge. Strickland’s ability to blend offense and defense seamlessly left Adesanya grappling with a lesson he hadn’t fully internalized before.

During the fight, it became evident that Strickland’s impeccable defense was as much a part of his offense. His ability to hand-check and counter Adesanya’s attacks highlighted the importance of having a well-rounded skill set. Adesanya, who had often relied upon striking to control fights, was visibly struggling after he got knocked down in the very first round.

Although it was pretty clear about what kind of fighting style Strickland was utilizing for the bout, Israel’s approach looked somewhat amateurish to his opponent in the fight. Even after getting knocked down in the first round, the ex-champ retreated and that further let ‘Tarzan’ gain momentum during the whole duration of five rounds.

Along with hand-checking, per his supporters, “it was Sean Strickland’s best defense ever”

Sean Strickland’s supporters were quick to praise his performance, hailing it as one of his best defensive displays to date. Sean had previously spoken about how he thinks Israel behaves as a larger-than-life character unlike Strickland, who considers himself an advocate of the common man. Maybe it was because of his mentality that ‘The Stylebender’ tasted defeat.

His ability to anticipate Adesanya’s movements and neutralize his attacks left a lasting impression on both fans and critics. Sean performed at his personal best in the fight against ‘The Stylebender’. He properly mixed his moves in offense and defense where each and every one of his counters were beautifully positioned to take his opponent down.

What are your opinions on the bout between Strickland and Adesanya? Did you expect ‘Tarzan’ to fight this impeccably? Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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