Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya received quite a lot of backlash for his UFC 276 showing against Jared Cannonier. Despite a one-sided win, many were left underwhelmed by the “sparring session” performance he put on, including actor Chris Pratt.
On Tuesday, “The Last Stylebender” issued his response via Twitter.
Good morning. 😊— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 6, 2022
I’m the man. You’re just some fan. pic.twitter.com/FNQx9tQHvY
Adesanya also had a bone to pick with the media, which he addressed during the post-fight scrum. While he didn’t specify what he was referring to, he told reporters in attendance to be more “mindful” of their words.
“Just something I want to say: you guys have a job to do. And I’m not criticizing you guys in particular — I kind of am. But just remember this: I can do your job. You could never do my job. Just remember that. I could do your job, trust me,” he said.
“I appreciate you guys for what you do, but — not just for me but for other fighters (too) — be mindful of your words. Be mindful with the way you clickbait. That shit is weak, ‘cause I know how YouTube works now, and I know how these interviews work.
“I’m glad I have my own network, but just be mindful. ‘Cause I can do your job and you can’t do mine. Just remember that.”
The 32-year-old Adesanya, who improved to a record of 23-1 after Saturday, will likely face Alex Pereira next. The Brazilian entered the top ten spot at number six after a sensational knockout win over Sean Strickland on the main card earlier that night.