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Israel Adesanya recieves backlash from former UFC Champion

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The latest performance of the UFC middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya, was subject to criticism from various fans across the globe and former double UFC Champion Henry Cejudo is the latest to give his opinion on ‘The Stylebender’ tactics.

Adesanya once again silenced his critics when he outpointed Jared Cannonier (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship. Since his rise to the promotion, he has only lost once which was his unsuccessful switch to light heavyweight, losing to former champion Jan Blachowicz.

Despite his love for anime and their references while speaking or even fighting, he has seen a rapid decline in his fighting style much to the annoyance of the fans. His latest outing saw him rep the famous WWE star ‘Undertaker’ theme song only to be booed by the fans after a horrible display with some fans leaving as early as the third round.

Henry Cejudo who last fought in 2020 after successfully defending his UFC bantamweight title by TKO over Dominick Cruz in the second round is the latest to blast the Nigerian over his displays.

“It’s crazy when you come out to freaking – to The Undertaker, and you didn’t put on a performance on Saturday night, It was lame, dude. You’ve got to start giving – main events are special, dude. If he’s not performing, UFC, stop pushing this dude. He’s a decision-maker. He hypes a lot and he doesn’t deliver. He talks a lot, and he doesn’t deliver. It’s been like that with him for a minute now, and I think if you’re going to call people out and do all this other stuff, finish them. Put a beating on people. Be spectacular. People look forward more to his entrance than his actual fight, and that’s a problem because what you want to  be good at is when you fight.”- Cejudo said in a podcast.

Next in line to face the UFC Champion is Alex Periera who also on the same night knocked out Sean Strickland to earn a first-round victory. Periera and Adesanya have been rivals dating back to 2016 when Pereira ended Adesanya’s 12-fight winning streak with a unanimous decision victory. The Pair met again and despite domination from Adesanya in the early stages, he was caught with a left hook leaving him almost lifeless on the canvas.

Currently ranked sixth in the middleweight division, Periera is seen as the next stern test for Israel Adesanya and it’ll be interesting to see how Israel Adesanya evades a third defeat to the Brazilian.

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