As certain as “one plus one equals two,” Israel Adesanya says he’ll knock out Sean Strickland … and if he runs his mouth throughout the battle, the UFC middleweight champion tells us he’ll straight up break his jaw!
“I do wanna shut him up and I am gonna shut him up. I am gonna break his jaw if he retains talkin’ to me whereas he is in there, belief. Once you’re talkin’, you by no means know when a shot’s coming, the jab can hit you whereas your mouth open and ship your jaw to the again of your head,” Izzy advised TMZ Sports activities.
After all, 34-year-old Adesanya and 32-year-old Strickland are headlining UFC 293 in Australia on September 9 … and Izzy says Sean ought to simply be pleased about the chance, and settle for his ass-kicking.
“[Sean] ought to simply thank me. He received his passport, he received the battle, he will get to journey in a foreign country for the primary time, truly see the world as a substitute of being a f***ing hillbilly and yeah, he ought to thank me. Ought to actually recognize the truth that I received him the chance and he is gonna receives a commission, he should purchase his boat after which he can f*** off and make different alternatives.”
Adesanya is coming off a large win in opposition to his rival, Alex Pereira, at UFC 287 … the place he received his belt again in epic style with a 2nd spherical KO.
Strickland has received two fights in a row … beating Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov in 2023.
Israel was initially going to battle no 1 contender, Dricus Du Plessis … however he suffered an harm. Because of the circumstances, Sean, who’s ranked fifth (behind Du Plessis, Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier, and Marvin Vettori), received the battle.
We requested Adesanya if Strickland deserved the battle.
“Do I feel he deserves it? I feel he is been in there lengthy sufficient to earn it. To step in there with me, my ego says no. My ego says we’re ranges above. He is aware of it. I do know however he is aware of he nonetheless has an opportunity of successful this battle. I simply have to verify it is the minimalist probability ever. That is my job,” Adesanya advised us.
“I do know he is harmful as a result of a person with all the things to achieve and nothing to lose is a f**kin’ harmful man however I’ve a behavior of creating harmful males look straightforward.”