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Israel Adesanya in the LHW division: How well does he do?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Dreyga2000, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Dreyga2000 VOTE DREYGA FOR POSTER OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!

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    Well here goes my 1st Thread: So there has been all this talk about Israel Adesanya someday going up to fight Jon Jones for what assume to be a title shot. As far as that fight goes many agree that Israel is just to small to challenge Jones. And that's a debate for another thread.

    What I'm curious is how well do you think The Stylebender would do against the rest of the LHW division. Top ten? Top five? Or go you think he wouldn't even get ranked. What fights do you think can or can't win? And why?

    For reference, here are the current LHW rakings

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
    JON JONES
    CHAMPION

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    Thiago Santos
    2
    Daniel Cormier
    3
    Anthony Smith
    4
    Dominick Reyes
    5
    Corey Anderson
    6
    Jan Blachowicz
    7
    Alexander Gustafsson
    8
    Volkan Oezdemir
    9
    Glover Teixeira
    10
    Aleksandar Rakic
    11
    Johnny Walker
    12
    Ilir Latifi
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    Misha Cirkunov
    14
    Nikita Krylov
    15
    Ronaldo Souza
     
  2. ulysse Life is tough ; Life is good

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    We need to see more of him. Like dealing with a strong wrestler !
    He needs to defend the title and show that he is well rounded.
    There is murderers at 205 !
     
  3. Buff Trash Belt Degenerate

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    I reckon Bender could beat quite a few names on that list... But let's not get carried away and say he's clean out the division, because every one of those guys could pose a problem.

    Bender is skinny.
     
  4. weed ベルセルク

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    I'd want to see him fight Rumble, but that'll never happen.
     
  5. eddi Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    His grappling is untested, lets wait for dana to stop bribing his opponents to stand and bang, he might be extremely 1 dimensional non champ material
     
  6. SKYNET Infrared Belt Platinum Member

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    Not sure. Would love to see him defend against Costa Romero Cannonier Shabazyan before I can make a sound judgement
     
  7. Stagliano Brown Belt

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    What's wrong with that ranking ??? DC is number 2 although be moved up almost 2 years ago, Gus retired last year, Latifi moved up and the WORST, Jacare is top 15 with only one fight that he lost ??
     
  8. DLX thpinal

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    I think GenderBender beats most of those guys, aside from DC, Gus, and Jones.

    Tex gives him issues as well. He's too light for LHW for his skills to show through atm.
     
  9. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    I think he'd do quite well. He'd be the best striker in that division, but considering his size i reckon he could get problems with a few fighters, despite his great technique and fight-IQ.
    DC and of course Jones look like very dangerous matchups for him, Oezdemir and Reyes are hard to beat as well in my opinion.

    ...i really hope he stays at middleweight and (hopefeully successfully) defends his title there as often as possible.
     
  10. ermac88 Silver Belt

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    Hard to say,
    Im curious how he'll do against wrestlers even at MW

    Izzy looks like a thin MW with a light center of gravity and no grappling credentials
     
  11. Dilan Cummingsworth Banned Banned

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    Israel is unstoppable right now. He's the future of the MMA and when he clears out middleweight and destroys Jones he will easily go down as the greatest to ever do it
     
  12. Joe Black SUCKA FREE QAURINTINE

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    izzy would get grapple fucked
     
  13. mjfan23 Gold Belt

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    He may knock most of them out or he might be like MVP and not that successful against guys who will not just stand and bang with him
     
  14. Safton Brown Belt

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    To preface this: it's always hard to tell in MMA until it actually happens and I am admittedly somewhat biased. However, that being said, Izzy did fight in the Cruiserweight (200 lbs) and 100+ kg (~220 lb) weight classes during his pro boxing/kickboxing days. That alongside the fact that he's 6'4" and seems to have the kind of frame that could easily pack on more muscle makes me suspect he could make the transition successfully.

    The leap in competition, though... hard to say. I feel that he's the technical superior of many of the guys at 205, but that's a big leap in physicality all the same -- especially with a lot of dangerous grapplers in those waters. I could see him making Top 10 easily, possibly Top 5.
     
  15. Sensee Purple Belt

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    I'd also be concerned that there is some more power in lhw. I won't say it's impossible but Israel would have his work cut out for him. Also the grappling would be against stronger guys as mentioned.
     
  16. Chok Sok Te Purple Belt

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    I think top 3 at least if he times it right. Stay at mw for another couple of years. Clean the division. He has a couple of monsters at mw to deal with first
     
  17. The Fat Mexican Mis testículos están hinchados de amor

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    He looks small and skinny, even for a MW. I think the bigger guys would be a problem for him at LHW. I can see many guys grapple/wrestle him and give him troubles. DC and Jones wreck him badly

    But anyway, he still has a lot to prove in his own division. Costa and Black Jesus are intriguing fights
     
  18. sprucelees Silver Belt

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    would definitely like to see him against a few wrestlers and BJJ guys before talking about moving up.
     
  19. Paulsp Black Belt

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    HES TOO SKINNY BRO
     
  20. Safton Brown Belt

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    Agreed on all counts, though I think the "he's so skinny!" angle is being overplayed by a few people on here. As neat as it would be to see him at 205 against some of those guys, I wouldn't want him to even consider it unless he manages to defend 185 against all the contenders/big names (Romero, Costa, Cannonier, Till, etc.) at least once.
     

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