Israel Adesanya OK with criticism after UFC on FOX 29: Even Jesus Christ got crucified

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Israel Adesanya rates his UFC on FOX 29 performance a four out of 10. That’s not great, but he’s not going to allow himself to get too down over the fight.

Adesanya (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career on Saturday. He took a split decision from a game Marvin Vettori (12-4-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) after three rounds of middleweight action, which took place on the FOX-televised portion of the event at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

After stopping every opponent by knockout prior to UFC on FOX 29, Adesanya has set a certain standard for himself. He had a lot of hype going into the bout with Vettori, and although he showed some new skills over 15 minutes, he wasn’t happy about what he delivered in the octagon.

Nevertheless, Adesanya is not going to let fan or his personal distaste ruin the moment for him, and used a grandiose metaphor as to why.

“When you’re in my position and all eyes are on you, people are going to criticize you,” Adesanya said on the UFC on FOX 29 post-fight show on FS2. “Even Jesus Christ, he was the greatest guy of all time; he got crucified. I welcome all the criticism. Because it’s good for me. I criticize myself.”

Adesanya ultimately hopes his second UFC fight will serve as a moment of growth going forward. He is still somewhat young in the MMA game, and despite the arguably underwhelming performance, he said he wants to get back in the octagon as soon as possible and move on.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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