Israel Adesanya Sleeps Through Namajunas-Esparza 2 At UFC 274: “I Was Blinking Slowly”

Israel AdesanyaUFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya seemingly dozed off during Rose Namajunas’s fight against Carla Esparza at UFC 274. Israel Adesanya sleeps through the co-main event Adesanya does not shy away from sharing his thoughts on his fellow athletes’ recent performances. Having been involved in a lackluster contest against Yoel Romero himself, ‘Stylebender’ weighed in on […]

Israel Adesanya

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya seemingly dozed off during Rose Namajunas’s fight against Carla Esparza at UFC 274.

Israel Adesanya sleeps through the co-main event

Adesanya does not shy away from sharing his thoughts on his fellow athletes’ recent performances. Having been involved in a lackluster contest against Yoel Romero himself, ‘Stylebender’ weighed in on the relaxed match between Rose and Esparza.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Israel Adesanya reacted to the UFC 274 PPV card. The 32-year-old Nigerian kiwi kicked things off with the start of the main card. As he began to watch the co-main event, Adesanya struggled to keep himself up.

A brief video montage with somber music displays the middleweight king sleeping through the Namajunas-Esparza fight.

“It was a long blink. I was blinking slowly,” said Adesanya before a friend of his suggested that he was meditating.

Another from the group referenced Izzy’s snoozefest against Romero saying that UFC 274’s women’s title fight might overtake it as the “most boring championship fight”. Adesanya can be seen sleeping through the match before giving a sarcastic response, “I think that was a great fight.”

UFC 274: a Night of Historic Performances

This past Saturday night was electrifying with some historic performances. Michael Chandler became the first man to knockout Tony Ferguson when he landed a vicious front kick in the second round. For the main event, Charles Oliveira won the match against Justin Gaethje in one of the best rounds in the promotion’s history.

On a night full of excitement, the co-main event did not live up to the expectations of the fans. Rose Namajunas took on Carla Esparza in a slow-paced fight without any significant action throughout the five rounds. ‘Cookie Monster’ came out on top and took home the UFC women’s strawweight championship.

Although the card was originally scheduled to open with Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon, Randy Brown and Khaos Williams were given a promoted spot due to Cerrone’s withdrawal from the event. Adesanya praised Brown’s performance and had picked it as a ‘sleeper fight’ to watch out for.

Official – Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier Headlines UFC 276 On July 2.

Israel AdesanyaAn undisputed UFC middleweight championship fight between defending division kingpin, Israel Adesanya, and the surging #2 ranked challenger, Jared Cannonier is slated to feature at UFC 276 on July 2. during International Fight Week – with the event set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Israel Adesanya, a native of […]

Israel Adesanya

An undisputed UFC middleweight championship fight between defending division kingpin, Israel Adesanya, and the surging #2 ranked challenger, Jared Cannonier is slated to feature at UFC 276 on July 2. during International Fight Week – with the event set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Israel Adesanya, a native of Lagos, Nigeria – is set to attempt his fifth successful defense of the middleweight title, most recently landing a second career win over former titleholder, Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 271 in February of this year.

For Cannonier, the Texan powerhouse managed to land his second consecutive victory since a common-foe loss to Whittaker, stopping surging wrestler, Derek Brunson with a barrage of second round ground elbows on the undercard of Adesanya’s rematch win over Whittaker earlier this annum. The promotion confirmed the pairing during the official broadcast of UFC 274 tonight in Phoenix, Arizona.

Israel Adesanya, who plys his trade under the tutelage of City Kickboxing technician, Eugene Bareman, managed to unify the middleweight titles against Whittaker in 2019, before landing his first successful defense as undisputed best with a forgettable unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 249.

Featuring on ‘Fight Island’ in September 2020, Adesanya stopped the then-undefeated, Paulo Costa with a second round knockout in Abu Dhabi, UAE – before landing another rematch win, this time against Marvin Vettori in June of last year.

Israel Adesanya has suffered just one loss in professional MMA

In his sole professional loss, Adesanya dropped a unanimous decision defeat to former light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 259 in March of last year in an attempt to become a two-weight champion held simultaneously. 

Cannonier, the #2 ranked contender at 185lbs, boasts a 15-5 professional record, managing to rebound from a one-sided unanimous judging loss to Whittaker with a unanimous decision win of his own against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 34 last August.

In other divisional victories, Cannonier holds a trio of knockout successes against Jack Hermansson, Anderson Silva, and David Branch.

Jared Cannonier vs Israel Adesanya Contract Is Signed, But Still No Date

Jared CannonierUFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be defending his title against Jared Cannonier in an upcoming title fight. The bout is still without a date, but sources have confirmed that both sides have signed the contract. Adesanya had last defended his championship against Robert Whittaker. He won that fight in a razor thin decision that […]

Jared Cannonier

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be defending his title against Jared Cannonier in an upcoming title fight.

The bout is still without a date, but sources have confirmed that both sides have signed the contract. Adesanya had last defended his championship against Robert Whittaker. He won that fight in a razor thin decision that many thought could have gone either way. Adesanya defender the championship against Whittaker, who was the same person he beat originally to obtain the belt.

Adesanya has yet to lose in the middleweight division as he sports a perfect 11-0 record in the UFC. His only loss has come by the hands of former light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz. He suffered that lost when he decided to move up to attempt to become a two division champion.

Jared Cannonier had posted on his Instagram that he signed the contract against Israel Adesanya and that he had big news coming

Cannonier has also been on a great run recently. Cannonier has only lost once in the past 4 years. His only loss came too Whittaker back in October of 2020, he has since won his last two. He beat Kelvin Gastelum and the best version of Derek Brunson we have ever seen. Cannonier’s loss to Whittaker is also his only loss in the division, as he bursted onto the scene in the UFC as a heavyweight.

Cannonier is on the short list of fighters that has a knockout in three different divisions. He has knockouts in the heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight divisions.

Adesanya has been calling for Cannonier to be his next opponent for a little bit now. Adesanya had called Cannonier “fresh meat” and has looked forward to a fight with him for some time now.

Who do you think will win the fight? Cannonier or Adesanya?

Khamzat Chimaev Pursues UFC Title Battle, Calls Out Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya

Khamzat ChimaevUndefeated welterweight contender has sights fixed on becoming a UFC titleholder in his next Octagon outing, calling for a pairing against either Kamaru Usman, or current middleweight best, Israel Adesanya. Khamzat Chimaev, who improved to 11-0 as a professional back in April, managed to also scoop the #3 rank in the official welterweight pile – […]

Khamzat Chimaev

Undefeated welterweight contender has sights fixed on becoming a UFC titleholder in his next Octagon outing, calling for a pairing against either Kamaru Usman, or current middleweight best, Israel Adesanya.

Khamzat Chimaev, who improved to 11-0 as a professional back in April, managed to also scoop the #3 rank in the official welterweight pile – landing a unanimous decision victory over one-time title challenger, Gilbert Burns.

The AllStars MMA staple was forced the distance for the first time in his Octagon tenure against Niteroi native, Burns – having previously lodged a quartet of finishes under the UFC banner.

Khamzat Chimaev has been widely tipped to eventually clinch UFC gold

Linked with a matchup against both former interim titleholder, Colby Covington, and recent main event big winner, Belal Muhammad off the back of his win over Burns, Khamzat Chimaev appears to have sights set on another opponent instead – either champions, Usman, or Adesanya.

“Who wants to fight?” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted accompanied by a video of him smiling between rounds in his April outing against Burns. @stylebender (Israel Adesanya) @USMAN84kg (Kamaru Usman).” 

Competing just once at the middleweight limit in five-fight Octagon stint, Chimaev, a former Brave CF standout debuted in the UFC on ‘Fight Island’ in July 2020 – stopping John Philips with a second round D’Arce in his sole middleweight outing.

In four welterweight wins since then, Chimaev best Rhys McKee, Gerald Meerschaert, Li Jingliang, and the aforenoted, Burns.

Whilst Chimaev welcomes a championship pairing with either Adesanya or Usman next – it appears the titleholding duo already have contenders to their respective thrones lined up.

185lb champion, Adesanya, who plys his trade under the City Kickboxing banner, has campaigned for a summer matchup against the #2 ranked challenger, Jared Cannonier next – in an attempt to land his fifth successful title defense.

For Usman, the Auchi native, who is the current pound-for-pound number one under the UFC’s banner, is all but penned to fight against the #2 rated, Leon Edwards in a title rematch later this annum. 

Chael Sonnen Names The Fighter Most Likely To Be Next Double Champ

MMA analyst and former mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen predicts that Khamzat Chimaev will likely be the next ‘champ champ’ in the UFC. “The Bad Guy” Chael Sonnen has a long MMA history. Since his retirement from the mat, he has been a strong voice in the world of combat sports. Sonnen offers his opinions…

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MMA analyst and former mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen predicts that Khamzat Chimaev will likely be the next ‘champ champ’ in the UFC.

“The Bad Guy” Chael Sonnen has a long MMA history. Since his retirement from the mat, he has been a strong voice in the world of combat sports.

Sonnen offers his opinions and many predictions revolving around current MMA events. In an interview with The Schmo last month, Sonnen predicted who he thinks will be the next double champ in the UFC.

“Well, again, I’m not ready to write off Adesanya. I know that he was the closest just ’cause he got the opportunity, but I do think that Chimaev’s got some really hard work in front of him. But he is probably the guy, if you’re only giving me one option, he’s probably the guy most likely.”

That should add another boost to Chimaev’s confidence. The undefeated fighter has seen a lot of success and has a lot of hype surrounding him.

Chimaev has many targets on his radar and appears to be ready to be the next UFC double champ. He has called out Usman for a title shot and wants a piece of the Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya as well. After defeating Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, Chimaev is drawing closer and closer to the first world title shot of his young MMA career.

UFC Double Champions

Many fighters have claimed the throne of a weight class, but few have conquered in two.

Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Georges St-Pierre have held titles in two separate weight classes. However, there are fighters who have held and defended two belts simultaneously.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor, Photo Credit: Twitter

Conor McGregor claimed the title of “champ-champ” when he defeated Eddie Alvarez in late 2016. It was the first time a fighter in the UFC held two belts at the same time.

Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes, Photo Credit: Zuffa LLC

One of the greatest female MMA fighters in the world, Amanda Nunes, was crowned the double-champ when she captured the featherweight title from Cris Cyborg after crushing Miesha Tate for the bantamweight belt. Although the bantamweight title was taken by Julianna Peña last December, Nunes is still the only woman in the UFC to hold two belts.

After McGregor, Daniel Cormier became the second double champ. He held the light heavyweight belt going into his match with Stipe Miocic at UFC 266. And upon defeating him, DC took the heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo
Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo, Photo credit: Getty Images

In addition, Henry Cejudo joined the ranks when he delivered a TKO to Marlon Moraes at UFC 238. The fight took place just months after Cejudo successfully defended his flyweight belt against T.J. Dillashaw.

Isreal Adesanya attempted to be next in line but came up short in his bout against Jan Blachowicz.

If Khamzat Chimaev continues on the dominant path he is currently on, then he is likely to achieve great things. Although some fighters and fans believe he is overhyped, there are many others who believe in his talents.

Do you think Khamzat Chimaev will be the UFC’s next double champ?

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Ranking the 4 Best Opponents for Colby Covington’s Next Fight

It’s been official for a little while now. If Colby Covington isn’t your pick for the biggest heel on the UFC roster, you’re either overthinking or underthinking , though only the former seems fully realistic…

It’s been official for a little while now. If Colby Covington isn’t your pick for the biggest heel on the UFC roster, you’re either overthinking or underthinking , though only the former seems fully realistic…