Jon Jones, Paulo Costa and now Chris Weidman — just a few of the names middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has found himself in back-and-forths with on social media since his recent title defence at UFC 253.
The champion is currently quarantining after returning home from Abu Dhabi, and has found plenty of time to poke fun at his rivals online over the past week, much to their chagrin. While Jones has been the main target for him, comments made by Chris Weidman regarding a potential fight with Adesanya (and Weidman’s opinions of how he’d do in that contest) has seen twitter fingers begin to flutter.
“I think that’s a tailor-made matchup for me. Those athletic strikers, tall lanky guys, I’ve proven that I can beat. I think pressure, wrestling, heavy punches and kick,” Weidman said, speaking to Chael Sonnen. “Just nonstop pressure is what you need to beat them. That’s the recipe that beats those guys. I’ve proven that with Anderson Silva twice, Uriah Hall another one. Those guys are in trouble against me.”
In response to those words, Adesanya posted a video he’d taken of Weidman some years ago about how he’d defeat him in a fight. Something Weidman found particularly irking.
@chrisweidman …get some wins first please.
I already have you figured out.
I’ve sized you up a few times.
Watched you hit and miss
I know how to fuck up your single and double leg attacks
I’m 10 steps ahead like I said.
I knew I would use this clip one day to prove that I knew! pic.twitter.com/6CJw46Kd5x
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 3, 2020
You were very nice to my face that night to be talking like that on your phone. Two faced as hell! I would grab your weak ass and crush you! YOU remember our interactions that night and YOU know this is a problem you don’t want https://t.co/oBy2YE5iF0
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) October 3, 2020
“You were very nice to my face that night to be talking like that on your phone. Two faced as hell! I would grab your weak ass and crush you! YOU remember our interactions that night and YOU know this is a problem you don’t want,” Weidman said.