Yoel Romero believes Israel Adesanya fought Sean Strickland way too soon

Yoel Romero shares his thoughts on Israel Adesanya's recent loss.

by Aryan Lakhani
Yoel Romero believes Israel Adesanya fought Sean Strickland way too soon
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The middleweight battle between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland unexpectedly turned out to be one of the greatest upsets ever in the history of the UFC. Prior to the title fight, Israel Adesanya secured a breathtaking knockout win against Alex Pereira, and Sean Strickland fought an unranked opponent and also secured a knockout win.

Many MMA experts believe Israel Adesanya rushed into a title defense and could have taken more time before making a comeback. Yoel Romero recently spoke about Adesanya’s loss and explained why he thought Adesanya didn’t get enough time to recover.

Yoel Romero and Israel Adesanya fought each other in 2020, where Adesanya was successful in claiming a unanimous decision win.

Yoel Romero on Israel Adesanya

Recently, on the Overdogs Podcast, Yoel Romero shared his thoughts on Israel Adesanya’s tough defeat against Sean Strickland and talked about who he thinks should be next for Sean Strickland.

“What I think is right now, when you have a fight and you take the damage, like Alex make against Izzy, now Izzy has a little problem, not too much,” Romero said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “That’s what I’m thinking.

Now he’s scared a little bit because he needs more time to recover. When you take a lot of punches in one fight, you lose – no excuses. Maybe if he had more time to recover, the fight would be different. Believe me … when he lost to Alex, he took a lot of punches.

Romero on who should be next for Strickland:If he’s (Du Plessis) good, that’s the guy he needs to fight, after this, ‘Killa Gorilla’ (Cannonier) and after this, the rematch with Izzy. Israel Adesanya wanted to fight one more time before the end of the year but he may take a longer to recover mentally so it would be fair to expect him to fight next in 2024".

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