Costa, Romero and other middleweights had thoughts on Israel Adesanya after UFC 234

All eyes were on the middleweight division at UFC 234 on Saturday, and there were plenty of names in the weight class who had thoughts on Israel Adesanya post-fight.

Adesanya (16-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) kept his undefeated streak alive when he defeated former longtime UFC champ Anderson Silva (38-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) by unanimous decision at UFC 234, which took place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

The win could potentially lock up a title shot at 185 pounds for Adesanya, but the future of the weight class remains a mystery with champ Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) currently recovering from the abdominal surgery that caused him to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) just hours before UFC 234.

Although the odds indicated a blowout win for Adesanya, “The Spider” actually gave a competitive fight over three rounds. That failed to impressive several other fighters in the division, including another unbeaten contender in Paulo Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who is slated to fight Yoel Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 3 in April, but has had much back-and-forth with Adesanya over the past year (via Twitter):

There was also Elias Theodorou (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who has won five of his past six fights in the division and felt Adesanya showed some new flaws in his game that could be taken advantage of (via Twitter):

One of Adesanya old foes, Marvin Vettori (12-4-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC), who narrowly lost to Adesanya by split decision at UFC on FOX 29 in April, chimed in, too (via Twitter):

And then of course there was former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman (14-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who stirred the pot with his opinion of Adesanya (via Twitter):

Finally, former title challenger Romero, chimed in with reminder that getting to the top of the weight class should go through him (via Twitter):

One person who was impressed by Adesanya was UFC President Dana White, who said watching the matchup with Silva was like a “Kung Fu movie.”

For complete coverage of UFC 234, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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