Israel Adesanya: "I’m the number 1 title contender, I don't care"
At the final press conference after the UFC 234 tournament in Melbourne, the Nigerian Israel Adesanya did not hide his happiness from the victory over the legendary Brazilian Anderson Silva. This success made “The Last Stylebender” the next contender for the middleweight title, but the situation in this division is still uncertain because of the current health issues of current champion Robert Whittaker.
“I’m the number 1 title contender,” - Adesanya said during the post-fight press conference “I’m the guy to fight next for the belt and I just don’t care. Kelvin or Rob, whoever it is I don’t care. Whoever has the belt. I see Kelvin walking around with that belt and I don’t know who gave it to him. I’m fighting for the belt next that's the thing I know for sure. I did my job. I showed up to work.”
“I can allow doing what I want right now. I can wait for the title as long as I need to because I’ve done so much for the company. I showed up and I’m the number 1 title contender. ‘Jacare’ Souza can fight Kelvin, or they already fight – get a rematch. I don’t care. I showed up to work, that’s the thing I know.” - Adesanya said.
Recall that the UFC middleweight champion Whittaker could not take part in the fight with the American Kelvin Gastelum because of a hernia, which required urgent surgical intervention.
Thus the main event of UFC 234 urgently served 3-rounds of the middleweight bout between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva. With all circumstances happened, this card might be the weirdest card in the history of the organization.