Israel Adesanya did not want to appear at the press conference after losing to Sean Strickland. However, he made his fans happy when he finally spoke on his YouTube channel about the match with Sean and his impressions after everything.
Speaking on how he feels, Adesanya said: “Like a bad dream,” Adesanya said, as quoted by mmajunkieusatoday.com! It seems that Adesanya is still shocked at how quickly everything happened. He did not expect to be defeated in this match.
However, this can be a huge motivation for him. “One of those where you, not even a nightmare. A nightmare is like, ‘Oh s***, ****. A nightmare, you’re scared. I was just like, you try to hit the guy, and it just felt like noodle arms.
Like, ‘What the ****. ’ It just felt like a bad dream. Feeling it and watching it were completely different. I called Eugene (Bareman) right after and we talked and the same thing. We’re quietly confident”.
Adesanya on Strickland's tactics
There was only praise from Adesanya when it came to Strickland and his coach who had great tactics at his disposal. They seem to have taken a lot of time to analyze Adesanya and in the end, it has paid off for them.
It was a disappointing match for Adesanya as he failed to impose his tempo or achieve the goals he was seeking. In addition, Strickland showed a great deal of focus and was aware of the importance of this match. “I just wasn’t able to get my rhythm because of his pressure,” Adesanya said.
“He was right there constantly. Whenever I was setting him up, because he was right there, his coach would help him out, and I would be like, ‘****.’ Good game plan from them, but also for me, I wasn’t able to adjust on the fly.
… It was his night. I was his night and yeah, he got it done. I made another dream come true”.
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