“Feel like it’s stupid”- Israel Adesanya hates how UFC is still trying to associate ‘undefeated’ with his record 

Israel Adesanya speaks with the press ahead of UFC 276 and even tells how despises the UFC's continued attempt to connect the term "undefeated" with his record.

Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya at a press conference

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his championship against No. 2 rated opponent Jared Cannonier in the main event of the UFC 276 lineup. In fact, this will be Adesanya’s fifth championship defence since unifying the belts in 2019.

“The last Stylebender” was being questioned during the pre-fight news conference when he promptly hopped in to answer. When the Middleweight title holder was questioned, “When you’re getting introduced now, they say you know undefeated middleweight,”  when Adesanya instantly joined in to say he didn’t enjoy that.

Israel Adesanya tells him, seemingly agitated, that, “I don’t like it. I feel like it’s stupid. Oh yeah, I had a loss to Jan. Big whoop.” For context, Israel is talking about having lost to Jan Blachowicz in UFC 259 in the Light Heavy Weight Division.

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Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya

Adesanya discusses why he dislikes being referred to as “undefeated.” More than the phrase, he is offended by the fact that announcers occasionally say things about a fighter that diminish his accomplishments. 

He feels that it isn’t necessary and gives an example of George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney. Israel says, “ Haney Kambosos fight, someone said this could be a turning point for their career. If they lose that’s it. So they write them off like it’s nothing.”

Israel goes on to say that just because fighters like Canelo and Conor have lost in the past doesn’t mean they aren’t superstars in their own right. He says, “Canelo’s just lost twice, but he’s still a big superstar. Conor’s lost a few times, but he’s still a big superstar.”

He concludes his answer by saying, “That’s why I said losses don’t mean sh*t. If you use them wise, you learn from them, so yeah, I don’t like it when they start saying undefeated at middleweight.”

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