Israel Adesanya has often been criticized for his lack of solid ground game. The current middleweight champion is an exceptional striker. The former kickboxing champion has proved his capability as a lethal striker of the game with wins over the likes of Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa, and Kelvin Gastelum among others.
The undefeated UFC champion has always stated that he is better on the ground than many believe him to be. In a recent video uploaded on Twitter, the Stylebender showed a glimpse of his ground game and shed light on his new goal, “s*** less at Jiu-Jitsu every day.”
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) November 17, 2020
Israel Adesanya has quickly risen to the top of the middleweight division with notable victories against former champions and equally credible opponents. Adesanya became the first fighter to hand a loss to then-undefeated Paulo Costa and also made a name for himself after becoming the first fighter to get a KO victory over then-champion Robert Whittaker.
Earlier, in the lead-up to UFC 253, Costa had ridiculed Adesanya’s ground game. Costa even went to the length of throwing a black belt on Adesanya during the face-off to further ridicule the Stylebender’s skills on the ground. However, the game did not go to the ground as Adesanya picked up a dominant TKO win over Costa to retain his middleweight title.
Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz to take place in 2021
Israel Adesanya is set to take on light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz for the UFC’s light-heavyweight title in an attempt to become a dual champion. UFC President Dana White has also confirmed that the hugely anticipated match-up will take place in 2021.
Meanwhile, Jan Blachowicz has put a date on the match-up and has stated that Adesanya will have to wait till March till he can get his hands on the light-heavyweight strap. On the other side, Blachowicz has also expressed his interest in fighting Glover Teixeira who is fresh off a dominant submission win over former title contender Thiago Santos.
Regardless of who gets the title shot next, it seems like Adesanya is leaving no stone unturned in the preparation for his next bout. Expect a sharper version of Adesanya in his next appearance inside the UFC Octagon.
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