Bisping defends Adesanya’s defensive style: ‘Fighters struggle to put a sentence together as they get older’

UFC veteran Michael Bisping weighed in on Israel Adesanya’s situation following UFC 276. The former UFC middleweight champion backed Adesanya saying he is doing the right thing by avoiding getting hit.

The current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya received huge backlash following his recent performance. ‘The Last Stylebender’ faced number two contender Jared Cannonier to headline UFC 276 earlier this month. The pair clashed for 5 rounds and Adesanya was announced as the victor via unanimous decision.

However, a lot of MMA fans aren’t satisfied with the performance Adesanya displayed in the octagon. Adesanya was clearly dominating the whole bout but played it too safe, resulting in a boring performance. A lot of fans could even be seen leaving the T-Mobile Arena while the headliner was still going.

Meanwhile, Michael Bisping had a different opinion on the matter. ‘The Count’ believes Adesanya is doing the right thing by not going all out in his last three bouts.

“I see a lot of people talking about Israel Adesanya right now. People are criticizing the guy. I mean, come on, the man is fighting the best people in the world, time after time.”

Bisping said on his Youtube channel.

“We do want to hit and not get hit, now fighters don’t live by that motto, some fighters will take one to land one. But, unfortunately, some of those fighters struggle to put a sentence together as they get older, maybe I’m one of those guys.”

“Izzy has a fantastic approach, he’s got a fantastic team around him and I love watching his fights.” Bisping said.

Adesanya is still undefeated in the middleweight division. Since snatching the title from Robert Whittaker in 2019, he has defended it 4 times so far. However, he tasted his one and only loss when he took on Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt in March of last year.

Adesanya’s next opponent is likely to be his old kickboxing rival Alex Pereira who just gained fame after defeating top contender Sean Strickland.

 Dana White promised that Israel Adesanya’s next fight will be ‘bats—t nuts’ in the press conference last weekend.
“It won’t happen in the next fight,” he said. “When you’re sitting here in my position, you can’t give too many guarantees, you know. I could say ‘Stylistically on paper this should be’ you know, or ‘We feel this is going to be.’ I f—king guarantee you, I absolutely f—king guarantee you that the next fight that Israel Adesanya fights will be absolutely bats—t nuts.”