Israel Adesanya is one of the most decorated mixed martial fighters in the world but there are still some things on the middleweight champion’s wish list that he wishes to tick off in his upcoming fights.
Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion of UFC has already etched his name as one of the greatest middleweight fighters to grace the octagon. With an MMA record of 22-1 and an extensive kickboxing career, he will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters. The fighter has been in the UFC for only 4 years and is already on his way to making his sixth title defense.
Adesanya fights Jared Cannonier this weekend at one of the biggest pay-per-view cards of 2022. Ahead of his UFC 276 PPV event, Adesanya sits down for an exclusive interview on his own YouTube channel and talks about his upcoming career plans. The fighter is one of the best strikers of all time but a submission victory is what Adesanya craves the most. The fighter reveals he also practices submission moves in the gym but never got to a point where he could pull it off in an actual fight.
Israel Adesanya says his opponents “keep dropping” when he lands his punches
“Get a submission,” said Adesanya when the interviewer asked him about his biggest achievement that he is yet to unlock. Adesanya in his decorated resume of 22-1 has 15 wins via finishes. All of them have been either TKO or KO victories. Adesanya is yet to submit an opponent inside the octagon in his mixed martial arts career.
“F**k yeah! I wanna choke some n**ga out…I wanna get a few submissions before I retire. I’m not trying to but I just wanna make the opportunity present itself. But these boys keep dropping whenever I touch them. So I’ll just make sure I set it up nicely,” said Adesanya in the exclusive interview. “I’m on my way, I catch it in the gym. I know what I can do.”
Adesanya has never really opted for the ground game approach during his fights as he has managed to outstrike his opponents comfortably in the past. The only loss Adesanya faced in the octagon was against Jan Blachowicz in a light heavyweight title fight where the 205 champ dominated Izzy on the ground and got a unanimous decision victory.