UFC President Dana White was impressed with what he saw at UFC 234, saying Adesanya has “it.”
“The kid’s got ‘it.’” White said at the UFC 234 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “He’s got that — not only is he talented in the Octagon, he’s talented outside of it too. His interviews are exciting, he’s an interesting guy. He’s fun to watch. And I think he’s got a really bright future here.”
Adesanya is now 5-0-0 under the UFC banner and has a professional MMA record of 16-0-0.
White says that there was a lot of pressure on Adesanya on fight night and the bout was a fun one overall.
“It was fun,” White said. “That first round was like a kung fu movie. It was a fun fight to watch, very fun. Two guys who are incredibly talented. I was saying yesterday, any oddsmakers that make Anderson Silva 7-to-1 is out of their mind. The guy’s always taking care of himself, he’s a great martial artist, and that was a fun fight. But Israel went in with a sold-out house tonight, a lot of pressure on him to go in against the guy — you know, Anderson’s  years old, he’s supposed to go in and beat Anderson, but those are the kind of positions you’re in that you’ve got a lot of pressure on you. Anderson even said, ‘All the pressure’s on him. There’s none on me.’”
A victorious Adesanya proclaimed himself to be the #1 contender to the UFC Middleweight Title a short time after UFC 234.