Has the game changed? Adesanya changes his opinion and praises Strickland after victory over Borrachinha

Former rival praises the North American after his triumph over the Brazilian at UFC 302

Israel Adesanya is a former UFC champion. Photo: Instagram/@UFC

Israel adesanya He is a former UFC champion. Photo: Instagram/@UFC

The world of fights still pulsates with the fight between Paulo borrachinha e Sean Strickland No. UFC 302, held last Saturday (1st). And the person who couldn't help but comment on the clash was the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg) of the organization, Israel adesanya. Through a video on his channel, the Nigerian, who has already shared the octagon with both fighters, reacted to the main moments of the fight.

In the first round, Israel recognized Borrachinha's intelligent strategy in trying to replicate Poatan's move that knocked out Strickland: the left hook.


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“He (Borrachinha) is doing the same movement that Poatan did”, observed the Nigerian, highlighting the effectiveness of the technique.

And the praise for the Brazilian didn’t stop there. The Nigerian praised the Brazilian's performance in the first minutes, highlighting the precise kicks to Strickland's left leg.


“Kick the back foot, he's not very good at walking backwards”, analyzed the former champion, predicting that this strategy could undermine the opponent throughout the fight.

Adesanya worried about Borrachinha and praised Strickland

As the rounds went by, the fight unfolded intensely, demanding a lot from the athletes physically. Adesanya, attentive to details, noticed signs of wear on Borrachinha, even considering the possibility of a fracture.


“Is your jaw broken?” asked the Nigerian, showing concern about the Brazilian’s condition.

On the other hand, Israel also recognized the strength of Strickland's jab, which the Nigerian himself had already experienced in his defeat to the American in September 2023.

“He (Strickland) punches you in the face like a hammer with this jab,” described the former champion, emphasizing the power of the blow.


Currently with a record of 24 wins and three losses, Adesanya is preparing to return to the top of the world, with a title fight against Dricus du Plessis In negociation.

VIDEO: Adesanya changes his opinion and praises Strickland after victory over Borrachinha

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