Israel Adesanya sends Jared Cannonier chilling warning ahead of UFC middleweight title fight

  • Tom Ward

Israel Adesanya has told MMA fans to expect a ‘showcase’ at UFC 276 tomorrow night when he goes up against the dangerous Jared Cannonier.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s title fight with Cannonier, ‘The Last Stylebender’ said he’s ‘an artist’ when it comes to competing inside the Octagon.

Adesanya, 32, has certainly ushered in a new era in the weight class since becoming UFC middleweight champion in only his 18th fight.

And he will be hoping to add Cannonier’s name to his list of victims in this weekend’s fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Adesanya told “I’m going to f**k him up. It’s going to be bad. It’s going to be a showcase.

“So I’m saying that right now, mark my words, save this tweet, save this interview, whoever is listening – come back to the comments and talk s**t after I f**k him up.

“Fear is not a factor for me. I am about bettering myself, showcasing my skills, showcasing my martial arts and putting on a display the way I know how. I’m an artist and I really want to express myself on Jared come July 02.

Israel Adesanya takes on Jared Cannonier on Saturday night

“I like to prove people wrong. But what I like most is proving myself right. Everything I’ve said I was ever going to do before I even got in this game – I have done and then some.

“Proving people wrong is just like the icing on the cake, so I can watch them cry their salty tears.”

Adesanya added there is no way to prepare for what it is like to share the cage with him, saying: “It’s something that can’t be described, it can only be felt, and only a privileged few have been able to feel that presence from me.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to feel my presence under those lights. It’s a different story when you are on the biggest show of the year, I’m used to this. It’s an acquired taste for me.

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“It’s something I’ve been doing for a long time. He’s not used to this spotlight and he’s going to melt under the heat. And melt under the heat of my energy as well. 

“Did you see my walk out for UFC 243? Fighters would never do that. Find another fighter who would do that.

“No one likes to put that kind of pressure on themselves. But I thrive under that pressure and thrive under that spotlight. And again, he’s not used to this.

“He’s not used to the amount of media he’s going to have to do, he is not used to the amount of pressure or the amount of attention – it’s draining for most people. But I thrive under these circumstances.”   

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