Israel Adesanya has perfected his recipe for success. Now he’s ready to take it to the next level – Yahoo Sports

Las vigas – Israel Adesanya Ready to level up.

The UFC middleweight champion, who is defending his belt on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena against JI want a cannonier In the main event UFC 276Make a career out of proving others wrong.

But now, as he moves to the next stage of his career, he’s ready to make this star turn.

For a long time, Adesanya had to prove that he could defend the takedown, because he was a kickboxer and not much foolish enough to willingly stand with him and try to knock him to the ground. But after an impressive performance defending takedowns in victories over Marvin Vittori and Robert Whitaker, this is now in the rearview mirror.

Given his level of strike, he threatens to deliver an explosive finish at any time if he doesn’t have to spend much of his time fending off takedown attempts.

He’s not sure exactly how the fight will go, but he firmly believes in one thing: it won’t end well for Kanonair.

“Honestly, I really think I’m going to beat him up,” Adesanya said. “I’ve already said this a few times, but I really feel like I’m going to hit him. If he wants to try to take me down, go ahead. You won’t be the first. If you want to stand with me and test your standing skills, I welcome that too, because that’s what I specialize in. But Yes, just stay tuned, and expect the unexpected.”

Israel Adesanya is ready for his star role. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Adesanya hasn’t had a lot of knockouts lately – four of his last five have made a decision, including a challenge for the light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz that he lost – although much of that is the quality of the competitors.

The higher a fighter has a score, the more difficult it is to score KOs.

But UFC president Dana White noted that Adesanya has scored 15 knockouts out of 22 wins in MMA. Looking at Cannonier’s style, White sees the match as a brawl.

That might lead Adesanya to the kind of sure ending he’s after. He’s a prime counterattack and if he can lure Kannonier into his range and land something, that might be a turn off. But what got White so excited about the fight is that Kanonair has serious strength, too.

Cannonaire has 10 KOs out of 15 wins, and has been a KOd twice in his five losses.

“This should be an absolute fight,” White told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t see either guy going in and trying to wrestle or getting this thing to the ground. I see a gunfight coming.”

Since winning the title in 2019 by dropping Whitaker, Adesanya has been as active as any top-level fighter in the UFC. This made him face a lot of time with the UFC crowd and this is important in his development into a star.

Conor McGregor did it faster than others because he was one of the best trash talkers ever and he was giving great performances at the same time. Ireland was hugely and emotionally behind him, and that support helped make his story all the more compelling. It was similar to how supportive boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines helped propel him into the mainstream in the United States.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Israel Adesanya takes to stage during a media opportunity to promote UFC 276 (Adesanya v Cannonier) and UFC 277 (Pena v Nunes), at The Star on June 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for UFC)

Israel Adesanya won’t be looking at Jared Cannonier, planning to “f*** him up” at UFC 276. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for UFC)

Adesanya was born in Nigeria, fought extensively in China and now lives in New Zealand, so the emotional support for the homeland that McGregor and Pacquiao have had is not clear with him.

But overcoming elite opponents, fighting regularly, and taking the time to do the media, all contribute to the development of the star.

And it looks like Adesanya is preparing to explode into stardom. He’s already one of the biggest names in MMA, but there are indications that he may be expanding beyond his MMA fan base. He’s landed an endorsement deal with Puma, a prominent shoe brand, and he’s outspoken on social issues.

This is the recipe for success. He’s built the foundation battling it out and now he’s ready to take it to the next level.

And one of his secrets is that while he sets goals and has a game plan to move forward, he values ​​fluidity. He is able to adapt as necessary and that makes a huge difference.

He said of his opponents, “I have a good balance both physically and mentally, so I know how to walk the fine line of not underestimating them, but without overestimating them.” “You know, to be in the present and not look into the future, or just peek. I know the main thing for me is, if I don’t beat Jared, all my plans I just stop. That’s why don’t eat.”

“I don’t hold on to plans that I have that are so expensive. I focus on the present moment, because if I don’t get them done now, those plans will be null and void. That helps me. Like I said, I have a good balance.”

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