Israel Adesanya is back in action this coming Saturday Night at UFC 230, facing Derek Brunson in a middleweight division encounter.
There was some beef in the past between Adesanya and retired UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, but Adesanya says that its all in the past now.
“I don’t really have anything against the guy, I don’t really have anything for the guy. I think it was a little bit salty, a bit salty about the meme I made him years ago. The way he addressed the whole situation on his podcast kind of made me not really a fan anymore, after that I kind of (makes a throat clearing noise). It was to much for me, I’m over now anyways. I’m onto bigger and better things,” says Adesanya in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Adesanya also recently appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, a show Schaub frequently appears on and it is going to be Rogan calling Adesanya’s next bout at UFC 230.
A confident Adesanya is giving Brunson just three options as to how their bout will end at UFC 230.
“Its three ways that I’m going to win, round one stoppage….round two stoppage or submission, those are my three options and he could choose wisely. I’ve just played this out in my head and those are the three ways I can see myself winning, but I really wanna make it a round two KO. I really wanna see his face after one round, I’ve said this in other interviews…but I really want to look in his face and look into his eyes so he can realize ‘oh shit, I done f*cked up.’ I don’t think he’s gonna get past the first round, but if he does…kudos to him. If he makes it through the whole fight…f*ck…wow, I don’t think so. I mean, look at the styles…look at the way I strike, look at the way I handle guys. In my last fight, they said Brad Tavares was too much and its too soon, but I think he can even beat Derek Brunson. I’m not worried, I just focus on myself and I play the game right. Dot my I’s and cross my t’s, this is my fight,” says Adesanya.
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.