Everyone knows his name and the psychological impact his name creates on his opponents’ minds. He is just too good to handle and he has proved it every time he has entered the cage. Yes, we are talking about the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, arguably the greatest fighter in activity after Khabib’s departure.
There is no one in the roster who has not taken punishment from him, and he has defeated almost every fighter in the UFC Middleweight division. Israel “The Last Style Bender” Adesanya (20-0-0) is definitely one of the most accurate and powerful strikers in the entire UFC roster putting asleep 15 opponents in his professional career. And now that Khabib Nurmagomedov is no longer around and Khamzat Chimaev has just commenced climbing the ranking, the Mixed Martial Arts community is wondering whether Israel Adesanya is currently the best UFC fighter in activity. Also, can he be considered the “next big thing” in the history of the sport?
Any combat sport is cruel, and when it comes to MMA, it becomes the cruelest one as it does not give you so many chances: once you lose your rhythm, you find it difficult to get it back and you become history. B.J. Penn (16-14-2) and Anderson “The Spider” Silva (34-11-0, 1 NC) are some of the examples in the UFC who were declared rising stars too soon. B.J. Penn got trashed along the way and Anderson Silva has been searching for a win for many years to hang his gloves on a higher note.
Right now, the biggest question is, who can beat Israel Adesanya? There were a few fighters who were skilled enough to challenge the ability of Adesanya but they badly flopped. Instinctively, a name pops up: Khamzat Chimeav. However, as mentioned before, it is way too early to compare him to a fully established world champion like Israel Adesanya is. But, definitely, in the middleweight division this seems to be the only answer to our question for now. Should Khamzat keep devastating people at the impressive rate he did so far, then yes, we are in. And, arguably, we may assist to the greatest fight UFC has ever offered to his fans.