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Kevin Holland teases Israel Adesanya saying “keep fu***ng climbing” to criticize his overall UFC Success

Israel Adesanya of Nigerian is interviewed after defeating Paulo Costa

UFC middleweight fighter Kevin Holland used to think of Israel Adesanya as one of the great fighters. However, after watching The Last Stylebender’s defeat against Jan Błachowicz, he changed his mind.

The 31-year-old has been on top of the mountain until the UFC 259. The only loss in his career came at UFC 259. Adesanya aimed to earn a dual division title but lost the bout with a unanimous decision in the light heavyweight class.

Blachowicz v Israel Adesanya UFC 259

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Jan Blachowicz of Poland in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kevin Holland teases Israel Adesanya

Referring to Adesanya’s UFC 159 loss, no 10-ranked Holland will not keep Adesanya in the list of the greatest. “I’ve seen that. He’s a great fighter, but when the fighting gets to fighting, he’s just a fighter. It was a good, good fight. He ‘dared to be great’, and now he knows he’s not great,” Holland said in an interview.

Prior to the fight against Błachowicz, Israel Adesanya bragged about his undefeated winning streak. And he was convinced that he would win the light heavyweight title bout and become one of the fifth simultaneous dual division champions in UFC history.

Now that he lost the battle, it seems his dream is not going to be true anytime soon. Trailblazer conveyed, “So all that conversation we had about being on top of the mountain, I guess he’s not on top of the mountain. Keep f****** climbing bucko, keep climbing.”

Holland is a potential rival of Adesanya, and they have had a verbal war before, but the 28-year-old American suggests Nigerian-Kiwi stay in the middleweight class. Israel Adesanya has been dominating the middleweight class, and he should keep his focus on that.


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