UFC Veteran Believes That A “Khabib Style” Could Be The Key To Defeating Israel Adesanya

Khabib, AdesanyaTim Kennedy agrees that ‘the Khabib style’ could cause current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya real problems and could be the key to defeating him Earlier this week, the infamous MMA manager, Ali Abdelaziz, claimed that his close friend and business associate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, would beat current middleweight champion ‘Stylebender‘. Abdelaziz regularly causes a stir within […]

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Tim Kennedy agrees that ‘the Khabib style’ could cause current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya real problems and could be the key to defeating him

Earlier this week, the infamous MMA manager, Ali Abdelaziz, claimed that his close friend and business associate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, would beat current middleweight champion ‘Stylebender‘.

Abdelaziz regularly causes a stir within the MMA community especially when it comes to some of the fighters that he manages but this may have been some of his best work so far.

“Khabib weighs 200 pounds,” Abdelaziz said. “If Khabib comes tomorrow and cut to 185, he will stop Israel Adesanya in three rounds, this is my opinion. I see it. He beat heavyweights, light heavyweights, welterweights, lightweights. He’s unstoppable. He’s like a tractor trailer.”

Tim Kennedy Agrees

One man who shares the same sentiment is UFC and Strikeforce vet, Tim Kennedy. The former US Special Forces Master Sergeant and BJJ blackbelt knows a thing or two about fighting and when asked what he thought about the new crop of middleweights, he felt he knew the style that could bring down the current 185lb champion.

“I watched him fight and I was like, ‘Oh I could hit him right now’,” Kennedy said on The Food Truck Diaries. “I could get inside, like stylistically it’s a great match-up… He doesn’t like to be in deep water, he likes to set the pace, he likes to control range. He really is good at that.

“Yoel Romero could have been the guy that put the pressure on him, picked some angles, and messed with timing but he didn’t. Instead, Yoel decided to hang back and put on one of the worst championship fights ever.

“But the Khabib style where you don’t know if I’m going to take you down, maybe I’m going to hit you with a big overhand right. As I change levels, maybe I’m going to come in and push up against the cage – nobody has done that to him.

Tim Kennedy on Food Truck Diaries

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Israel Adesanya Shares Advice To Sean Strickland Ahead Of His UFC 276 Bout With Alex Pereira: “He Might Get F*cked Up”

Israel AdesanyaUFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has advised Sean Strickland to fight through his ego if he wants to get a win against Alex Pereira, and set himself up for a title shot. At UFC 276, we have a mini middleweight tournament of sorts, as both the title and the number one contender spot are up […]

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UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has advised Sean Strickland to fight through his ego if he wants to get a win against Alex Pereira, and set himself up for a title shot.

At UFC 276, we have a mini middleweight tournament of sorts, as both the title and the number one contender spot are up for the taking. For the latter, Sean Strickland (25-3) is set to take on the dangerous Brazilian striker, Alex Pereira (5-1). 

When asked about the matchup, Israel Adesanya gave his two cents on what he thinks Strickland needs to do in order to get the win on Saturday night. 

“If I’m being honest, he might get f*cked up, Strickland,” Adesanya said. “If he doesn’t fight with his ego, he’ll get f*cked up.” (H/T MMA Junkie).

Israel Adesanya Praises Strickland For Speaking His Mind

In the same interview, Adesanya commented on Strickland’s controversial social media posts and opinions. 

“I respect the guy because he just speaks his mind. I speak my mind, too, but he speaks his mind regardless of the repercussions. We’re under the same Paradigm management team, and I’m sure sometimes they have a headache with some of the stuff he puts out, but I respect the fact that he speaks his truth whether I like it or not. You know, freedom of speech is the right in the great USA, so I respect that.”

As the champ said, he’s always spoken his mind and in recent interviews, Israel Adesanya has spoken a lot about his past with Alex Pereira and how he promises the third fight between the two will end differently. Perhaps it is this experience which promoted Adesanya to tell Strickland to fight with his ego. 

Strickland will put his six fight win streak on the line against the former Glory kickboxing champion at UFC 276. Strickland also made a big splash in the pre-fight press conference getting the better of Adesanya in the verbal back-and-forth, and maybe even cementing himself a chance to fight for his first ever title if he can get past the surging knockout artist Pereira. 

Adesanya Gives History Lesson On Pereira Fights: “I F*cked This Guy Up”

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is frustrated at how his two kickboxing losses against Alex Pereira are being portrayed. At UFC 276 this weekend, two former rivals in another sport are set to enter the Octagon on the same MMA card for the ver…

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is frustrated at how his two kickboxing losses against Alex Pereira are being portrayed. At UFC 276 this weekend, two former rivals in another sport are set to enter the Octagon on the same MMA card for the very first time. While former Glory middleweight and light heavyweight titleholder Pereira will be facing a…

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Adesanya Encourages Fighters To Come Together For Pay Improvements

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya thinks fighters need to unionize to be better compensated for their efforts. Adesanya is set to face Jared Cannonier in the UFC 276 headliner this Saturday night. He’s emerged as one of the biggest stars …

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya thinks fighters need to unionize to be better compensated for their efforts. Adesanya is set to face Jared Cannonier in the UFC 276 headliner this Saturday night. He’s emerged as one of the biggest stars in the sport with recent wins over Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa, and Marvin Vettori. Adesanya…

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Sean Strickland Claims He Will Be The Best UFC Champion Ever, Pokes Fun At Israel Adesanya: “Grown A** Man On F*cking TikTok”

Sean StricklandUFC middleweight contender, Sean Strickland certainly didn’t hold back during tonight’s press conference ahead of UFC 276 – firing multiple barbs in the direction of undisputed champion, Israel Adesanya, as well as claiming he’ll be the greatest champion the UFC has ever seen. Sean Strickland, a hugely outspoken character under the banner of the promotion […]

Sean Strickland

UFC middleweight contender, Sean Strickland certainly didn’t hold back during tonight’s press conference ahead of UFC 276 – firing multiple barbs in the direction of undisputed champion, Israel Adesanya, as well as claiming he’ll be the greatest champion the UFC has ever seen.

Sean Strickland, a hugely outspoken character under the banner of the promotion – who recently saw his Twitter account suspended due to numerous flagrant comments, returns to the Octagon on the main card of UFC 276, tackling Alex Pereira.

Attempting to lodge successive victory number seven, Strickland landed a close, split decision win over Jack Hermansson back in February in his most recent outing. 

Expected to ruffle some feathers at tonight’s press conference ahead of his T-Mobile Arena return against Pereira, Sean Strickland called for sponsorship opportunities, predicted a future middleweight title reign, broke down his matchup with the Brazilian – as well as engaging in a back-and-forth with Adesanya.

Called upon for his first media engagement, Strickland claimed that he would love to “punch” each of the attending crowd members in the face, labeling the ‘Sin City’ attendees as “vicious b*stards”.

Attempting to prevent himself from using explicit language, Strickland soon threw his own rule book out the window, before urging the United States to “fix” itself, and questioned why he was not allowed use expletives on programming, but come consume acts of violence across social media and on television. 

Describing opponent and former GLORY Kickboxing champion, Pereira as a “scary f*cking Brazilian” – Strickland maintained that despite the decorated kickboxing acumen the Sao Paulo native brings with him to the Octagon, he would be more than capable of “handling” himself. 

When asked how he was taking in International Fight Week and its festivities, Sean Strickland maintained that he was mostly an introvert – who would likely catch himself a “murder charge” should he mingle with the general public during the week.

Sean Strickland and Israel Adesanya engage in an inevitable war of words ahead of UFC 276

Firing a couple of barbs in the direction of Adesanya by bringing up his duo of kickboxing losses to the aforenoted, Pereira, Strickland claimed he “made the champion mad”, before claiming he was sporting a “gay little watch’ – and poked fun at his “frosted tip” nails.

In response to Strickland, Adesanya claimed that backstage before emerging for the press event, he had slapped the North Carolina native on his backside, leading to Strickland offering to fight him outside the venue of the press conference.

Adesanya claimed soon after that if Strickland landed a fight with him, once he finishes the #4 ranked contender, he would perform a “TikTok dance” over his “grave” — leading to Strickland poking fun at him for using the platform; “Look at this, a grown a*s man using f*cking TikTok.”

Eventually returning to a seated position, Sean Strickland claimed Israel Adesanya would only “break a nail” if they fought outside, before urging Pereira to “get” the Nigerian-Kiwi.

Criticizing Adesanya’s pornography preference, Strickland claimed he would go down as the best middleweight champion the organization has ever fielded – predicting a future title reign down the line, before Adesanya claimed that he liked the former like a “step brother he never wanted”.