HE WAS EXACTLY WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS.
Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya put on an absolutely FLAWLESS striking clinic in his UFC Middleweight Championship defense versus rival Paulo Costa tonight - comparable to a prime Anderson Silva performance - erasing the 0 from Costa's L record in the process. See what I did there?^
From start to finish, Adesanya stayed composed, he controlled where he wanted the fight to go, and absolutely picked Costa apart with leg kicks - just REEALLLY chopped him down.
By the start of the second round, Costa had already slowed a considerable amount, and moments after Jon Anik remarked that Stylebender seemed to have entered "kill mode" (or something to that effect)…..this one was all over.
Izzy then humped Costa….
….and told his corner he'd cum all over them….
….which I guess I can't explain. Izzy just says some weird shit sometimes. We're gonna move on.
Nobody in MMA is invincible, as we learn so very often, but I'd be absolutely stunned if someone came along and took that title from Stylebender in the near future. He's just dismantling the division right now in incredible fashion (I'm pretending the Romero fight never happened) and I don't think Jared Cannonier nor anyone else at 185lbs pose that credible a threat to the current king.
Congrats to Israel Adesanya!!!