Israel Adesanya dissects Sean Strickland’s KO loss at UFC 276


Israel Adesanya can say he warned Sean Strickland about Alex Pereira.

The UFC middleweight champion feuded with Strickland just days before their respective bouts at UFC 276 in Las Vegas on July 2. Adesanya then defended his middleweight crown against Jared Cannonier, while Strickland suffered a first-round knockout against Pereira.

Adesanya thinks Strickland didn’t take Pereira as seriously as he should have and thinks that’s one of the reasons he lost that night.

“He should have listened to me,” Adesanya said in an interview on his YouTube channel. “He should have listened to me when I told him, ‘Focus on the guy you have in front of you, not me. He was trying to be like that idiot in the back of the class. I hated having to talk to that idiot. Like, I’m trying to do some fucking work and the guy I’m focusing on is next to me or at the end of the line and that idiot, that jerk in the back of the class just got in the way.

“I was like, ‘Yo, it’s not me you need to worry about. Focus on this guy. He thought he had the opportunity, and I was like, ‘OK, I bet.’ If he really did what he had to do, me and him would be next in line.

Adesanya not only thinks Strickland was focused on the wrong man, but also refutes the idea that Strickland was doing well in the fight.

Strickland reacted to his loss that same night and said he thought he was fine, and it was an easy fight until the knockout. Adesanya doesn’t think that’s entirely accurate and said he saw Pereira’s knockout happen.

“Don’t fight with your ego, he fought with his ego,” Adesanya said. “He said, ‘I thought I was doing pretty well.’ You’re not doing very well. …I’ve seen that before, I’ve done that before. You can see it coming. … I was like, ‘change’, but Pereira didn’t need a change. He just threw a really, really simple left hook. Boom dropped him, right hand, finished him off.

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