Alex Poatan admits he sees a change in Israel Adesanya after beating Nigerian in UFC

Brazilian reveals position regarding former rival and avoids guesses for the athlete's eventual fight against Dricus Du Plessis

I. Adesanya (left) kicks A. Poatan (right) in the UFC 281. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Alex Poatán admitted seeing a change in the style of Israel adesanya after his historic victory over the Nigerian in 2022. Present in Australia, the Brazilian star avoided pointing out predictions for the former rival's eventual fight against Dricus Du Plessis. The statement was made in an interview with 'mainevent'.

"It is difficult. I already said that (Adesanya's) fight against Sean Strickland it would be complicated. Honestly, it's difficult to talk. After I won Israel adesanya, he changed a little. Honestly, I’m a little lost and even have no answer for this fight,” said Poatan.

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Alex Patan (left) and Jamahal Hill (right) facing each other. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

With two reigns at middleweight (up to 83,9 kg.), Israel lost the title for the second time in the fateful meeting with Strickland last season. The Nigerian, who was widely favored to win, ended up dominated by the American and surpassed in the judges' decision.

Adesanya's tormentor, Sean was dethroned in his first title defense. In January 2024, Dricus Du Plessis he beat the 'bad boy' and took the lead in the category.

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Today, the UFC is negotiating a challenge between Israel and the current middleweight champion. The organization does not yet have a date or location for the clash between the possible challenger and the new 'king' of the group.

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