Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa made us witness and realize two things: one, we witnessed the pure masterclass displayed by the UFC middleweight champion despite the comparisons made. And two, who’s next? Who is worthy to step up against Adesanya? Who can stop him?
Former UFC middleweight and title challenger Chael Sonnen named two guys on the roster that could be “the two hardest matchups” for Adesanya and they are not even on the same level.
Hardest Matchups for Adesanya
The former middleweight named Chris Weidman and Tyron Woodley as “the two hardest matchups for Adesanya right now.”
As much bizarre as this sounds, Sonnen couldn’t care less. Although he believes that it would be really hard for both of them to get a title shot at this stage of their career, Sonnen thinks their style of fight would cause some problems for “The Last Stylebender”.
“I will tell you the two hardest matchups for Izzy Adesanya right now,” Sonnen said. “Chris Weidman and Tyron Woodley. […] Weidman has always been a matchup issue. Weidman’s a guy that just knows how to come forward, slip, and he can get you down. Adesanya earlier in his career, showed some trouble with that. I fully admit that he has not shown that recently. You can go all the way back to the (Kelvin) Gastelum fight where (Adesanya) was down twice, scrambled to his feet both times, and one time even threw up a triangle attempt. But you could go back to the Marvin Vettori fight, just by example, and you can see where that’s a problem that Chris Weidman would also present.
“Weidman’s going to get a hold of Izzy and he’s going to drag him down. What happens after that is between those boys, but Weidman’s a problem and so is T-Wood.”
Both out of their prime, former Welterweight Champ T-wood is on a three fight losing streak against current champion Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and recently, Colby Covington. In fact, Tyron Woodley is not even in the same division! Chael Sonnen wants him to move up to middleweight.
“I’m only sharing for you, because this has to be hypothetical. I would offer for you that there are two guys that can give him big problems. Tyron Woodley, who needs to become a middleweight, and Chris Weidman who is already at middleweight, and I fully admit to you that those guys are not likely to get the chance. I’m just telling you who would give him the most problems.”
What Chael Sonnen had in mind when he took Chris Weidman and T-Wood’s name for Adesanya’s next challenge will continue to be a mystery. Till then, let’s just say we agree to disagree.