Anderson Silva is widely regarded as the ‘GOAT’ of the UFC middleweight division and recently the retired fighter talked about the title fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.
Silva mentioned that both Adesanya and Pereira did extremely well against each other throughout their rivalry. According to the ‘Spider’, Pereira might not get another shot against Israel Adesanya as the Brazilian will move up and fight at light heavyweight.
He said: “I mean, my real opinion is Alex [was] doing a good job and Adesanya too, you know. And I think that Alex don’t have the big opportunity to fight again with Adesanya very soon. Probably, I think [he’ll] go to the different weight, 205, and never come back to fight [Adesanya] again.”
Both Pereira and Adesanya have chosen not to continue the rivalry for now however, given that both fighters are trying to move up, a possible clash at light heavyweight might be something that fans will be expecting.
Can Israel Adesanya beat Anderson Silva’s legacy in the UFC middleweight division?
Adesanya has been simply amazing since he started his reign as the Middleweight champion. Before losing his title fight against Alex Pereira at UFC 281, Adesanya was unstoppable and defended that title five times.
Izzy even took the challenge and moved up to the light heavyweight division to fight Jan Błachowicz but failed. Now that he has regained his position as the middleweight champion, the ‘Stylebender’ can continue his reign and try to match Anderson Silva’s record of 10 middleweight title defenses. On top of that, Adesanya might be fighting tougher challenges in comparison to the Brazilian.
When Izzy and Silva fought each other at UFC 234, Adesanya won the fight via unanimous decision but that wasn’t the prime Silva that had 16 consecutive wins and incredible striking and speed. But current fans can definitely watch Izzy shape his career as one of the greatest or the greatest middleweights of all time.
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