Rising middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya well and truly made a statement on Saturday night as he put a complete and utter clinic on Derek Brunson at UFC 230.
In some ways, it was the ideal performance.
Brunson gave it his all but never really looked willing to engage Israel on the feet, instead opting for takedown after takedown.
Adesanya’s takedown defence was perfect from the get-go and sure enough, after the shots from his opponent became more telegraphed, he was able to time a perfect knee to intercept the takedown.
From there, the brutal fight-ending sequence began and forcing the stoppage.
ISRAEL ADESANYA IS THE REAL DEAL 🔥
A striking masterclass!
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It was an incredible win against a very challenging opponent and more importantly, an opponent who asked the so-called ‘wrestler question’ of ‘The Last Stylebender’.
What a performance!
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena