Israel Adesanya vs. Brad Tavares in the Works For TUF 27 Finale

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Who Wins?

  1. Israel Adesanya

    43.9%
  2. Brad Tavares

    56.1%
  1. Arkridge

    Arkridge Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Via Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. Brad Tavares confirmed it when Ariel brought it up.

    Don't like this fight. If anything Adesanya proved he needs to be brought along a bit slower and Tavares probably deserves a top 10 fight even if the majority of his fights are a bit lackluster.
     
  2. blaseblah

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    Tavares probably beats him at this point. Israel has some work to do on his ground game.
     
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    Weird matchup.

    But I'm picking Adesanya
     
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    Tavares destroys the kid
     
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    Good. Will be a nice step up in competition for Israel. Also a chance for Brad to make a bigger name for himself by derailing a hype train.
     
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    Tavares derails the hype train.
     
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    Tavares will likely whoop his ass.
     
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    Adesanya styles on this gatekeeper
     
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    Tavares 30-27
     
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    Arkridge Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Most don't know but Adesanya originally refused a UFC deal maybe a year or two back because they wanted him on the starting 10k/10k or whatever starting salary they usually go with and he turned it down.

    They came back around a second time and offered him much, much more to come over to the UFC. I feared that because of the sizeable salary he makes, they'd try to bring him into top competition much quicker to justify the money they're shelling out. I get it, but he simply isn't ready for it.
     
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    Would be interesting to see what Ray Sefo has planned for Tavares in this fight. Brad just needs to try and ragdoll him though
     
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    Brad is not exciting, but experienced enough to not get dazzled by Adesanya, or get drawn into a brawl with him (and leave himself open to get KOd). I think it will be something like Immortal-Wonderboy.
     
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    Tavares is mostly a striker, no? Why do you say he's not ready?
     
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    If Tavares grapples Israel is fucked.

    I'd like Adesanya to win but I think he gets derailed here.
     
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    I definitely feel like Adesanya catches his first L here.
     
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    woah, bad matchup for adesanya and too soon. tavares is no joke. if adesanya wins though which i dont see happening at this point, i think we can say he's legit but man they are throwing him into the fire with someone who is very good but really doesn't have a big name among casuals
     
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    Tavares is no joke.

    I think he takes it
     
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    Sure Tavares is a striker but he's a very capable wrestler. He relied on it on TUF and the first half of his UFC career. He's easily a much, much better grappler than Adesanya is and definitely a lot physically stronger. If he chooses to stand with Adesanya instead of using his obvious advantage then I'd be shocked.
     
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    They should give Israel time to grow, they are pushing him way to fast. Tavares is no joke, he is a complete MMA fighter.
     
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    Damn, Dana and Co. wants to find out who this Adesanya is and they are wasting no time

    This is a rough match for Adesanya...I can't wait to see how good or mediocre he is with this fight
     
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