Chris Weidman Doubles Down On Opinion That Adesanya is 'Overrated'

By Nathan Zur Feb 14, 2019
Chris Weidman received some criticism last week when he referred to fellow middleweight fighter Israel Adesanya as a “tad bit overrated,” and in the wake of pushback from fans and Adesanya himself, is not backing down on that statement.

The former champ did not back down of his opinion of “The Last Stylebender” after responding to fans who pointed out that the “All-American” has gone 1-4 in his last five fights. Those last five fights, however, have been against much tougher opposition than what Adesanya has faced including former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, current Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum, former middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero as well as Ronaldo Souza.

Weidman took to Twitter to clarify why he thinks Adesanya is overrated:

“I have now fought 11 fights against top 5 ranked opponents in a row. I haven’t won them all but in my losses they were all competitive and very winnable fights for me. I love this game and excited about the future.”

“He wouldn’t have much of a chance against me. Has he fought a top 5 guy yet ? A jitsu guy or top wrestler?”

“Got a lot of Twitter fingers coming at me about saying Israel is a little overrated. Just my opinion. He hasn’t fought 1 top 5 guy. No top wrestler or jitsu guy. Was a -700 fave over Silva??? According to odds after seeing fight showed he was overrated. Close fight.”

Adesanya recently defeated future UFC Hall-of-Famer Anderson Silva in the main event at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. The 29-year-old is now the presumptive next middleweight title challenger, pending the rebooking of the Robert Whittaker-Kelvin Gastelum main event from that same card.

Weidman last fought at UFC 230 in November, losing via knockout to Souza in a fight he was winning on the scorecards. The former champ is currently recovering from neck surgery.


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