Chris Weidman thinks Israel Adesanya is ‘overrated’ and “hasn’t beat one top five guy yet”

Chris Weidman has been in the Czech Republic supporting his team mate and close friend Gian Villante, who faces Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC Prague.

In the interview with MMA Crazy reporter Louise Green, Chris Weidman talks about the recent news of Georges St-Pierre’s retirement announcement as well as the upcoming interim title fight against Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum.

Israel Adesanya is currently coming off a unanimous decision victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 234. Shortly after, Chris Weidman took to twitter to voice his opinion.

“He’s exciting to watch,” he told Louise Green in the interview. “He’s got good stand up but I was just being honest. He hasn’t fought one top five guy yet, he fought Anderson Silva at 43 years old and had a decent close fight with him. He was a minus 700 something favourite, so based on the odds he’s a tad bit overrated because it ended up becoming a pretty close fight. He’s good, you know. He could end up being really good, but as of right now I consider him a little bit overrated. I mean he hasn’t beat one top five guy yet. I fought eleven top five guys in a row.”

Chris Weidman has currently been out of action since last November after suffering a KO loss to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza. Back in 2013 Weidman dethroned the then long reigning Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, by knocking out the Brazilian in the second round at UFC 162. He then went on to rematch Silva who broke his leg during their next championship bout at UFC 168. Weidman went on to defend his title against Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort before losing the belt to Luke Rockhold by TKO at UFC 194 in 2015.

Chris Weidman holds a win over interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum and hopes to return to the octagon late spring or summer.

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Louise Green

Writer/Contributor, Co-Owner and Co-Creator of MMA Crazy

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