Since breaking in the at February 2018, Israel Adesanya’s accession up the middleweight rankings has been among the latest stories in mixed martial arts.

For his efforts in that short amount of time, officials awarded Adesanya a shot at the interim middleweight championship against Kelvin Gastelum in UFC 236 at April.

If he leaves successful in Atlanta, Adesanya may have gone from an unranked new comer to champion in 14 months, a feat almost unheard of at the promotion. It ’s only natural to fans and pundits to compare the growth of the Nigerian born striker to the emergence of , that captivated the fight world from 2013 to 2015.

“Finally I don’t understand it kind of became not just about fighting and much more about the selling and money numbers and breaking records and payperview and that sort of stuff. But, 1 thing, also that I don’t know the guy that I could state from what I see lately, by how he’therefore posting his training [videos]he’s getting back into that same mindset.

The similarities between both Adesanya and also McGregor’s respective rises up the ranks are definitely there. But while McGregor wasn’t one to shy off from flaunting his numbers and records, Adesanya just wants to decimate every one on his path the glory.

From that point, the numbers will probably come.

“That’therefore the beauty of this particular sport. We’re trying to get to the identical place, maybe, but we’r e focus on different avenues.

“” I just want to f*ck up everyone. I’m not just really a f*cking asshole or even a dick or anything, unless they abandon it. I just want to fight and be recalled as the very best, who fought everybody and beat them. Afterward your money, the numbers, the records, they all chase me. So, there’s a bit of strategy for this I don’t even want to go too deep. I’ll keep that for myself as look, [14 months] and that I ’ve already headlined a couple of shows and that I ’m already on how. But, I maintain rising, and also when I’m on very top, I maintain rising. I just want these key moments, these essential fights, also ’s relating to it. ”

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