Kevin Holland rained down on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and claimed that he is not the middleweight champion.
“He moved up to 205, vacated the belt, and lost.” Holland continued, “You are only as good as your last fight.”
"Our champ went up to 205, vacated the belt, and lost!"@Trailblaze2Top believes the middleweight throne is currently vacant following Adesanya's loss at UFC 259 and he's the man to run the division.
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— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 18, 2021
Kevin Holland has been targeting Israel Adesanya for quite some time now. Holland’s popularity has seen a huge after he recorded five straight victories in 2020. In the process, he tied the record for most victories in a calendar year.
Needless to say, Holland has caught the attention of fight fans around the world, and many believe that he could eventually become the UFC’s middleweight champion. However, he has a task at hand this weekend as he takes on Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 22.
Ahead of the match-up, Holland criticized the middleweight champion for handpicking his opponents and claimed that he is only looking for fighters who rely on their striking.
“He likes to fight where there are no ideas of a takedown. You see what happened when there are ideas of a takedown, even his striking doesn’t look that good. When you invite a fight where you mix it up, he doesn’t like that. He wants another kickboxing match, if he wants another kickboxing match, he should go back to kickboxing.” Holland said.
It’s hard not to agree with Holland to some extent. If we take a look at the fighters who Adesanya has called out, it includes the likes of Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero, and now Darren Till. Holland has already ridiculed Adesanya for favoring Till over other opponents to fight for the championship belt. Needless to say, all these fighters are incredible strikers, and that’s where Adesanya performs his best.
Kevin Holland claims Israel Adesanya is only looking for a striking battle
Israel Adesanya’s recent loss against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in his attempt to become a two-division champion revealed a flaw in Adesanya’s game. Blachowicz was able to take Izzy down on multiple occasions, winning the fight comfortably via unanimous decision.
This also led many to believe that a potential Israel Adesanya vs Jon Jones may not be as exciting as many had initially believed, with the former light-heavyweight champion having a significant advantage in terms of wrestling.
Now, with Israel Adesanya calling out Darren Till, Holland’s assumption makes sense. Do let me know what you think about Holland’s opinion of Adesanya trying to cherry-pick his opponents.