At UFC 234, the UFC’s hottest prospect, Israel Adesanya, will take on one of the sport’s all-time greats, Anderson Silva. It’s a classic “old guard versus new breed” bout, and one that many believe will be a grisly putting-out-to-pasture for Silva by a man dubbed “The Next Anderson Silva”. But not everyone is so sure, including one of the few men to ever get their hand raised against “The Spider”.
“Israel is an entertaining guy,” said Bisping. “He was talking about the fight with Anderson and how he looks up to him and he doesn’t want to kill his hero but that’s what he’s gonna try and do. I don’t know if it’s that simple. Anderson is very capable and Israel said as much. . .
“We’ll see what happens. I think Anderson knows his back is up against the wall. For him to have any kind of career after this fight, he has to win this fight, he has to look good. Of course, he had the whole thing with steroids as well, so Anderson has a lot to prove right now. So I wouldn’t be running out there and putting the money on Israel Adesanya just yet.”
Silva has more than just pride or money at stake though, the former long-time middleweight champion has something even more important at stake: a chance to reclaim the title he lost five years ago. Adesanya, for his part, also agrees that Silva should not be taken lightly, after all, this is a man who was considered the Greatest of All Time not that long ago. But for Bisping, there’s more to it than just that. As impressive as Adesanya has been in the UFC this year, “The Count” says that he is still unproven and even goes so far as to say that of all the people he’d like to fight right now, Adesanya is number one because he believes it to be an easy matchup.
“I like Israel Adesanya but I’ll tell you something, if there’s one person if you asked me who I want to fight right now, it would be Israel,” Bisping said. “When I look at him - listen, he’s good, he’s great, but I’m sorry, I’m not buying it. I’m not saying I’m not impressed. I’m on the hype train. He’s good, he’s beating people. He’s beating the Marvin Vettoris of the world. He had a good win against Derek Brunson but Derek Brunson looked like sh*t. He was terrified.
“I think I would have an easy time with him. Just saying, just throwing it out there.”
Bisping has not fought since last November, a first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum ina . short-notice bout. That fight ended up being (most likely) his final fight ever as Bisping announced his retirement in May, citing health concerns and a desire to move on to other opportunities. In his absence, Adesanya has ascended. “The Last Stylebender” made his UFC debut in February, and has racked up four wins and three Performance of the Night bonuses this year. He’s a lock for Breakthrough Fighter of the Year and on the cusp of becoming one of the biggest stars in the sport. Even Bisping agrees that Adesanya’s future is bright, he’s just saying he thinks he could take him.
“He fought Derek Brunson and I thought Derek Brunson was going to give him a hard time but he made easy work of him,” Bisping concluded. “But Derek Brunson looked like sh*t. So now he’s fighting Anderson Silva and if he beats him - and it’s not fair to Israel - people will say, ‘Yeah, but he beat a 43-year-old Anderson Silva.’ It is a tricky one and it’s kind of a lose-lose because if beats him, he’ll get that, and if he loses, he got beat by a 43-year-old Anderson Silva. Fact of the matter is, he deserves the hype. He’s very exciting, he looks good, he fights with an exciting style, he’s entertaining on the microphone, inside the cage, outside I’m on the hype train, I think he’s great. I’m only saying I want to fight him from a competitive standpoint.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Nothing but respect for this man @RdosAnjosMMA he came to battle and we went to war. Thank you for allowing me to share the #Octagon with a #champion like yourself #NigerianNightmare #TUF21Champ #nextup #strapseason pic.twitter.com/FB6bKJ18Xo— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) December 4, 2018
I love this fight but unfortunately somebody spoke too soon. I am not fighting on 233 but I am willing to do it February 17th on ESPN 1— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 3, 2018
Leslie Smith on Samantha Bee coming up.
UFC Fighters are, well, fighting to unionize for equal pay and health insurance. Tune in Wednesday to see Allana Harkin (@allanaharkin) investigate why someone who fights for a living would possibly need health insurance. pic.twitter.com/GohNoj1mFl— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) December 3, 2018
Hey @lionheartsmith, I was told u turned me down for a #1 contender fight in Jan/233 bc ur hand’s sore, so I guess you HAVE excuses. Heal up, let's do it in Feb or March, you pick! I'm gonna test that "lionheart"! #devastated #earnit #notthatman pic.twitter.com/YgLYkh3gb8— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) December 3, 2018
Hey— Anthony Smith (@lionheartsmith) December 4, 2018
Don't turn down fights w/Blachowicz & Manuwa then pretend you want to fight me.
Makes you look both afraid and thirsty. https://t.co/eOecDPZJwT
Lesson TWO:— Anthony Smith (@lionheartsmith) December 4, 2018
Your name ain't Jones or Gus, last I checked.
So..— Anthony Smith (@lionheartsmith) December 4, 2018
SLOW your STROLL,
Let me fight Moicano if no1 gets injured @danawhite ,I am 1 of the few to never turn down fights and 1 of even fewer to never pull out, this is the Ultimate Fighting not Ultimate stand by to fight,so lets make Moicano fight!!— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) December 3, 2018
Josh Thomson says he hears things. This is wildly unconfirmed.
@titoortiz I saw that you called me out. Let’s visit this in 6 months when you have had a chance to retire 3 more times.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) December 4, 2018
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