PREVIEW: Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya
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Welcome to FIGHT WEEK! We are continuing our full week of content with a preview of UFC 234’s co-main event which features Anderson “The Spider” Silva against Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya.
When this fight was announced, I figured this was a the right fight for both parties, although I wasn’t too ecstatic about it. Adesanya can get a quality name on his resume going forward, and Silva can immediately jump into the title picture with a win. I have also said on our podcast multiple times that I believe Adesanya can be described as an “Anderson 2.0” of sorts, showing that creativity at Middleweight that has been missing since Silva’s decline in recent years. So lets get into it.
Anderson Silva has long been in discussion as the GOAT (although we said in this week’s podcast that he is OVERRATED), and a majority of that discussion is based around the dominance in his division during his era and the moments he created. With the front kick of Vitor and the annihilation of Forrest Griffin, you can see that these are moments unlike any other. His highlight tape is incredible, but he hasn’t looked himself in recent fights, losing four of his last five, and the one win being an AWFUL decision (in my humble opinion). He does not seem to want to take any chances, limiting his aw-inspiring counter-striking in recent years. Adesanya has said he believes he will bring back the Anderson of old, and if he does, Adesanya is in for quite the fight.
Israel Adesanya has had a bit of a controlled meteoric rise for the lack of a better term. After making his UFC debut last February, less than a year by the time he steps into the cage Saturday night, he has been very active, winning four of four in 2018 and was among the top fighters on the year. He headlined a card in his third UFC bout in what was a demolition of Brad Tavares, following that up with a quick first round KO of Derek “I leave my chin out when I throw combinations” Brunson (Sorry, Derek). He has shown incredible poise in his short UFC career, not stunned by the bright lights. His striking is world class, and he has shown more than adequate takedown defense. He also has an uncanny ability to make people miss, and that is what, to me, gives that impression of Anderson 2.0. If Adesanya performs like has been recently, look for him to get his hand raised at UFC 234.
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