Perhaps Israel Adesanya isn’t ending fights or placing on spectacular performances like he used to as a result of he’s misplaced among the starvation and drive that made him champion.
Khamzat Chimaev urged this is perhaps the case after Adesanya didn’t dwell as much as expectations and end Jared Cannonier in his most up-to-date middleweight title protection at UFC 276, with some followers arguing that his walkout was extra entertaining than the battle itself.
Adesanya’s final three fights have gone to a call and, though he received them convincingly, followers and pundits alike can’t assist however really feel one thing is lacking, as if the reigning UFC middleweight champion is changing into extra threat averse and fewer entertaining with every passing title protection.
Khamzat, who plans to return to middleweight sooner or later, can’t disagree. ‘Borz’ claims Adesanya’s fights have change into boring and predictable as a result of the latter has fallen out of affection with the game after making a lot cash.
“He’s doing his job,” Chimaev stated on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA Fighting). “He makes his cash. Now he’s the champ. He doesn’t have to do loopy issues simply to win.”
“I don’t know what’s occurring with him final time, he fights higher earlier than,” he added. “Now perhaps he’s not that hungry. He’s driving loopy vehicles and he has some huge cash and it makes some folks change. While you’re hungry, you battle loopy like he did earlier than. Now, I don’t know. He simply makes the factors and win the fights. It’s boring.”
Adesanya’s subsequent title protection is predicted to be towards former GLORY two-division champion Alex Pereira, who earned a title shot following a first-round knockout of Sean Strickland at UFC 276, the identical card Adesanya defeated Cannonier to retain his middleweight belt.