Israel Adesanya may have lost his middleweight title to Sean Strickland at UFC 293, but UFC President Dana White immediately advocated for an immediate rematch for the former champion. While some disagreed with this call, Matt Brown, a UFC fighter, backed White’s suggestion but emphasized that Adesanya should take some time off first.
Brown explained that Adesanya had been one of the most active champions in UFC history, consistently taking on top contenders and delivering dominant performances. He pointed out that Adesanya’s impressive record and achievements leading up to the Strickland fight should earn him the right to receive a title rematch without having to work his way back up.
Adesanya boasts a record of 8-3 in UFC title fights, with his only other middleweight loss coming against Alex Pereira, which he later avenged to reclaim his title. This time, Adesanya didn’t suffer a late comeback knockout but instead faced a lopsided decision loss to Strickland.
Brown acknowledged the immense stress and responsibilities that come with being a champion, both inside and outside the Octagon. He believes Adesanya deserves a break to recharge and regain his hunger for competition.
Brown’s advice to Adesanya is to rest, focus on mental health, and rediscover his motivation. He believes Strickland deserves credit for his performance against Adesanya and suggests that Adesanya should avoid rushing into a title rematch. Instead, he should take the time needed to recover and return to top form.