UFC President Dana White did not mince words as he reflected on Israel Adesanya, all the while drawing comparisons with the Notorious Conor McGregor. While it’s safe to say Conor McGregor is a bigger PPV star than Israel Adesanya, White feels there’s another thing about Adesanya that sets him apart.
The Stylebender never turns down a fight. Ahead of UFC 281, UFC President Dana White talked about this very aspect of Adesanya and how that differentiates him from Conor McGregor.
“One of the many things that I love about Israel Adesanya, he always wants to fight and he doesn’t back down from anybody. A lot of people talk publicly, and I say this about Conor and it’s true. Lots of people talk publicly, of this that…., behind the scenes is a whole different ball game.” White said.
“Israel Adesanya wanted to turn around right after this last fight, we said it was Pereira, and he said, ‘perfect, let’s do that.’ How do you not love that.” He further added.
UFC President Dana White puts Israel Adesanya right on top of Conor McGregor and Khamzat Chimaev
Dana White has always been vocal about his views on fighters calling out other fighters on social media. Calling it a “whole different ball game” behind the scenes, White admires Adesanya’s words. White had earlier criticized Khamzat Chimaev, who you might know has called out almost every fighter on the UFC roster.
White had stated that money changed Khamzat Chimaev, and someone who wanted to fight every weekend is not too keen on proving himself inside the UFC Octagon. White has never shied away from admitting his thoughts on McGregor’s trash talk.
It goes without saying, while McGregor might be the PPV star who gloats about fighting anybody anytime, it is truly Israel Adesanya who has never said “no” to a fight.