It was a troublesome evening for Adesanya, who misplaced a unanimous choice to Sean Strickland in the principle occasion, which price him the UFC middleweight title. Adesanya suffered a knockdown within the opening spherical that would have simply led to a stoppage however he survived the onslaught to make it via all 5 rounds.
Sadly, Adesanya by no means actually settled right into a rhythm and Strickland attacked him with the right sport plan to earn the victory and declare the UFC middleweight title.
Afterwards, Adesanya paid homage to Strickland for his victory after which defined that he wished to depart to spend time together with his family members.
“I had a distinct plan for this however once more life throws curveballs at you,” Adesanya mentioned. “Win or lose, I wasn’t going to say a lot anyway however proper now, I misplaced tonight to the higher man on the evening. I simply wish to go and be with individuals who care about me — my staff they usually’re ready for me so I’m going to try this.
“However I’ll depart you within the succesful arms of a person who is way smarter than me, I’ll admit this on worldwide nationwide media, I’ll depart you with Eugene Bareman. He’ll deal with this for the primary time. I wish to go chill, have some breakfast, construct my household and until subsequent time.”
Adesanya additionally posted a video afterwards on social media the place he confirmed the harm he absorbed throughout the struggle with Strickland whereas saying “it’s not that unhealthy, nothing damaged, a bit of touched up.”
“Nonetheless thriving, it’s all good, “Adesanya mentioned. “I hate shedding however I like residing and I’m thriving. I’ll deal with the individuals however proper now, I’ve received to place me first.”
Bareman added context that whereas Adesanya misplaced his title, three of his teammates from Metropolis Kickboxing earned victories at UFC 293 they usually all wished to have a good time collectively.
The loss dropped Adesanya to 1-2 in his previous three fights after he engaged in a pair of battles with longtime rival Alex Pereira in back-to-back matchups. Adesanya suffered a knockout loss of their first encounter within the UFC earlier than bouncing again to return the favor to Pereira within the rematch in April.
He was then anticipated to face Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 293 however the South African fighter was unable to compete with a foot damage suffered in his win over ex-middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in July.
That led to Strickland getting the title shot and he definitely made probably the most of his alternative by practically blanking Adesanya throughout the 25 minute affair.
Now Adesanya will decide up the items and look to regroup earlier than making his return to motion within the UFC.