Comradery and friendship apart, Israel Adesanya thinks teammate Alexader Volkanovski is simply constructed in a different way than the remainder.
That’s why, forward of Volkanovski’s leap to light-weight, ‘The Final Stylebender’ is choosing the long-reigning featherweight king to usurp Islam Makhachev of their highly-anticipated champ vs. champ super-fight at UFC 284.
Adesanya is so assured in Volk’s potential to achieve double-champ standing that he’s not solely choosing his teammate to win however would additionally guess the home on him securing the victory on Feb. 12.
“Volk was once a fats man. Like, an enormous boy, brawley, performed rugby. Whenever you stroll round with that type of physique mass for years, you develop a special type of muscle density,” Adesanya mentioned throughout a current look on the FLAGRANT podcast (h/t MMA Information). “Even with Volk, I’ve tried to carry him down. I’m not the best wrestler, however even with my body and leverage, it’s onerous. He finds his method again up. (He’s) a artful veteran. His inside leg kick, his jabs, his hand management; all that sh*t, he’s artful.”
“Islam is nice. These Dagi boys, they know what they’re doing… However I really, gun to my head, might guess my complete home on him. Volk is simply completely different,” he added. “Volk is the type of man — even when he cuts weight, the quantity he cuts, for him to have the cardio he has within the later rounds… it’s mind-blowing. The person’s completely different.”
UFC 284, which options Makhachev vs. Volkanvski as the principle occasion, is scheduled to happen on Feb. 12, 2023, at RAC Area in Perth, Australia.