UFC 243: Israel Adesanya plans to keep proving doubters wrong against Robert Whittakerabout 2 months ago / Article
Over hyped, overrated, trying too hard and undeserving. Mixed martial arts fans have never shied away from letting Israel Adesanya know what they think about him.
And as the Kiwi middleweight has soared into the upper echelon of active mixed martial artists, so too has the number of naysayers.
The critiques from armchair critics have followed Adesanya throughout his career, from his days fighting on New Zealand cards and with promotions in Australia and China to his rise to become UFC interim middleweight champion.
But when he meets middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for the undisputed title at UFC 243 in Melbourne in October, many commenters have stuck him with the unfamiliar tag of underdog.