Israel Adesanya, who recently regained the middleweight division title, has demonstrated remarkable consistency in the UFC octagon. Sean O’Malley recently praised The Last Stylebender for his exceptional performance and achievements in the world of mixed martial arts.
Adesanya has had some excellent success in the UFC middleweight division so far. The Nigerian fighter began an amazing winning streak after facing Rob Wilkinson in his UFC debut in 2018. Within a year, he overcame several formidable opponents, including Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, and Anderson Silva, among others.
Sean O’Malley showers praise on Adesanya
Sugar recently appeared in an interview where he discussed several aspects of UFC. Sean thinks Adesanya has done enough in the middleweight division.
“Adesanya has beat every single middleweight in the top five currently. That’s gangster. It’s another division there’s no real heavy grapplers, heavy wrestlers, besides Bo Nickal but he’s a little way out from the title.” Adesanya said.
O’Malley, who is also looking forward to taking the bantamweight gold strap from Aljamain Sterling, thinks Adesanya’s run can be compared with Alexander Volkanovski’s dominance.
“How long’s it been since somebody took over the game that long? Khabib didn’t really do it. Volk maybe? Volk and Izzy are taking over the game,” Sean added.
When did Israel Adesanya win the middleweight belt?
Adesanya finally took his throne back at UFC 287 on April 9 after what seemed like an eternity for him. The Nigerian fighter sought to recapture the middleweight title he had lost back in November in the much-awaited bout at Miami, Florida’s magnificent Miami-Dade Arena.
The stage was set for Adesanya to beat Alex, his greatest foe, to engage in an incredible battle. It was clear that both fighters had done everything possible to prepare as the opening bell rang. The Last Stylebender impressively displayed his striking abilities and overall MMA prowess.
Both the former and the reigning champion pushed themselves to the utmost in this back-and-forth battle of skills and strategies. Adesanya had clearly studied Pereira’s fighting technique as the rounds went on, showing that he had gained insight from his prior losses.
For the Auckland resident, the clash against the Brazilian went far beyond a mere title match. It represented a profound journey of redemption, a chance to finally settle past scores, and a platform to silence the doubters and critics who had questioned his abilities.
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