Former UFC contender Yoel Romero criticized Israel Adesanya for the boring fight the two had together. He also said that it’s a disrespectful to compare Adesanya with Anderson Silva. A comparison many are making in the fall out from UFC 276.
Israel Adesanya took on number two contender Jared Cannonier last weekend. The pair headlined UFC 276. Adesanya and Cannonier clashed for 5 rounds and Adesanya was announced as the victor via unanimous decision, marking his 5th successful title defense.
However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ disappointed many UFC fans for his ‘boring’ performance.
Adesanya used a measured strategic style that seemed very lackluster and has been doing this for his last three fights.
Many fans and professional athletes have criticized Adesanya for not giving people what they want. Not to mention the fact that Adesanya has the ability to make his fights interesting but choses not to.
“The only thing I feel is that I’m ashamed that I couldn’t give the fans a fight or a war that everybody wanted. It just became a running match and I just feel bad in general.”
“It’s a huge disrespect that supposedly an apparent grand champion of the UFC—It’s a disrespect comparing him to Anderson Silva.” Romero said after UFC 248 in 2020.
He added, “Anderson Silva at 30 years old would make the whole stadium stand up. It’s a huge disrespect to what Israel did today for the fans and for the sport of the UFC.”
“I was expecting a war, and it didn’t happen. We work hard to pay the pay-per-view to see two great warriors do their best. Much respect for the fighters who acted before us” Romero concluded.
Former middleweight title challenger Marvin Vettori also slammed Adesanya for his recent performance against Jared Cannonier last weekend. He took to his Twitter account and said the division needs a new champion.
“Reality is this sh*t was so boring people walked off the arena after 3 rounds. The division needs a new champ and it’s gonna happen very soon. 9 weeks from today we’re making a statement. Italy will have its first UFC champion soon.” Vettori wrote.