Weidman says Israel Adesanya is just ‘Silva without the black belt


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Ever since Israel Adesanya first wore UFC gold, Chris Weidman has been repeatedly talking about how the champion is “overrated” and that he’s a “nightmare” matchup for him. After Adesanya put on a clinic against Paulo Costa, Weidman again took to social media to ask for that match up.

The former middleweight champion likened Adesanya to Anderson Silva, and discussed their common opponents to make his case about why it would be “easy” money for him. Comparisons to a UFC legend would normally be a compliment, but not to Weidman, who holds two wins over Silva.

Not one to pass on a Twitter beef, Adesanya responded to Weidman and told him to win more fights before calling for a title shot.

MMA Math is always suspect, but it’s worth noting that Adesanya and Weidman also have another common opponent that wasn’t mentioned. Yoel Romero lost a dull decision to Adesanya, but brutally KO’d Weidman with a flying knee.

Weidman won his first fight in three years last August, when he won a decision over Omari Akhmedov. He is currently the 9th ranked middleweight, but has been knocked out five times in his last seven fights, dating back to 2015.

It’s highly unlikely that Weidman gets the next title shot, and Adesanya says he’s looking either at a title defense against Jared Cannonier (if he beats Whittaker), or a champion vs champion bout against Jan Blachowicz.

via bloodyelbow.com

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