Israel Adesanya says he’s still evolving and vows to make more “highlights” in his UFC return: “F**k the belts and all that”

By Susan Cox - February 28, 2024

Israel Adesanya is saying he’s still evolving and vows to make more ‘highlights’ in his UFC return.

Israel Adesanya

The former two-time UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya (24-3 MMA), took some time off after being defeated by Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA) last September at UFC 293.

As of recent, it was confirmed that Israel Adesanya had accepted a championship bout with Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA) to headline the historic UFC 300, but Du Plessis turned down the fight.

By all accounts it appears that the 34-year-old is now rested and ready to get back into action.

Adesanya, during a recent appearance on ‘This Past Weekend’ with Theo Von, reflected on his UFC career and his return to the Octagon this year:

“There’s still more that I wanna do for myself. I haven’t mastered the game yet. I’m still learning. Even right now, we’re working again on my jab. I’m changing it up now because there’s so much footage on me people can watch, the smart coaches can kinda game-plan.  Like, my question mark kick was f*cking everyone up early on. But it got to like, maybe after the Robert Whittaker fight, maybe the (Yoel) Romero fight, no, (Paulo) Costa fight… From that fight, people kind of know the question mark is coming.”

Continuing, ‘The Last Stylebender’ shared (h/t MMANews):

“My jab was vicious. It still is, but I’m just bringing it back. I’m tuning it up again. So, its constant evolution, constant learning, every time. And my grappling as well, I do wanna show it off… f**k the belts and all that, it’s more about highlights. For me, I’m a highlight guy.”

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