Israel Adesanya's Next Test Will Be His Toughest
With UFC 263 now firmly in the rearview mirror, I wanted to take a video to discuss the ramifications of the title-defending performance turned in by the middleweight king Israel Adesanya in the main-event - and perhaps more importantly, what it means for his future atop the 185lb division.
The fight itself was quite enjoyable - although it rarely amounted to anything more than a one-sided clinic from Adesanya.
I mean, look, Vettori did okay. His striking defense was surprisingly effective from time to time - particularly when Israel was attempting to fire off fight-ending head-kicks.
But to say that he was one-dimensional in there would be putting it lightly.
After he caught that kick in the opening round for a nicely secured takedown, I did genuinely believe that we were about to see something vaguely competitive from then onwards.
But in reality, Marvin seemed to run out of answers for Adesanya’s skillset pretty quickly, leaving him to play catch up with The Last Stylebender from then onwards.
He was decent, albeit limited in his efforts.