The dominance of Israel Adesanya
“I want to give people a certain feeling when I fight, whether they love me or they hate me. Even if they hate me, I want them to be like, ‘Oh, come on. I hope that he…’ Like in Whittaker’s first fight, I could feel the energy in the crowd like, ‘I hope this **** gets knocked out.’ **** showing me, dancing. I know, I could feel it. They were just like, ‘F***, it would be just awesome if this guy just got dropped in the first round by Whittaker,’ and then that’s it. I could feel it. But I feed off of that. I feed off of that energy, whether it’s good or bad. I just want to give people that feeling.”
“I don’t focus on the numbers. These kinds of things, I have the impression that they are ephemeral. Not really, they stay there, if they are in the record books, they are in history. But I have already achieved things in the record books that will go down in history forever. But for me, it’s a matter of feeling. That’s what matters to me. The feeling I give people when I fight, the anticipation.
The electric crowd in Melbourne, Australia was filled with “that feeling” at the end of 2019 as Adesanya hoisted the undisputed strap.
“After Whittaker’s last fight, I was happy. One thing I was really proud of was that every person with a Stylebender shirt, everyone who supported me could walk out of there with their head held high. And it was wonderful. Because a lot of Kiwis came for this fight. And walk out of that stadium with your head held high, like, “Yeah, our guy won.” This feeling will stay with them forever. So that’s the kind of feelings I want to create in people. I don’t really care about numbers and all that bullshit. They will eventually follow me.