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Ex-UFC champ apologizes to Israel Adesanya for harsh words about latest fight

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Former two-part UFC champion Henry Cejudo took a hard look at middleweight king Israel Adesanya’s recent performance, but he has now apologized to The Last Stylebender.

Adesanya officiated UFC 276 in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month against lead contender Jared Cannonier. The fight went all five rounds and the champion made his fifth title defense, earning him the nod of the judges by unanimous decision.

But The Last Stylebender drew criticism from some in the MMA community, with many taking aim at Adesanya’s less than exciting performance. The fight lacked action as the counterpunch expert lagged behind for much of the 25-minute junk and Cannonier was reluctant to engage.

One person who wasn’t a fan of Adesanya’s fight was Cejudo, who went to his “The Triple C & Schmo Show” to offer his post-fight thoughts. In short, the former bantamweight and flyweight champion called on the UFC to stop putting resources into promoting The Last Stylebender.

“It’s crazy when you freak out on The Undertaker [theme song], and you didn’t show up Saturday night man,” Cejudo said on MMA News. “It was lame, dude. You gotta start giving, main events are special dude. If he’s not performing, UFC, stop pushing this guy. He is a decision maker.”

Ahead of UFC 276, Adesanya spoke a lot about prioritizing adding to his highlight role above anything else. But that’s not what happened in the Octagon, Cejudo said.

“He does a lot of hype and delivers nothing,” Cejudo said. “He talks a lot and delivers nothing. He’s been like this for a minute. And I think when you call people and do all these other things, you screw them up.

“Hit people. be spectacular People look forward to his performance more than his actual fight and that’s a problem because when you fight you want to be good.”

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Cejudo said in a recent dream that he had changed his perspective on The Last Stylebender’s performance and that he wanted to apologize to the 185-pound champion.

“I had a crazy dream with Stylebender,” Cejudo said via MMA News. “It was crazy because if Stylebender was my real friend and he won, I’d be like, ‘You know what? It doesn’t matter (how you fight) because you win.’ You know what I mean? The guy still wins. It may be boring, but he still wins. I felt like in my dream, I felt like a little hater.

“I felt like I had a one-on-one conversation with him. It was a journey. And I actually woke up from it and it was almost like he was super mad at me. He wanted to hit me…I just feel like things happen for a reason. And I just want to say that I apologize to him because I think I’ve talked a little too much about Stylebender. I want to wish him the best of luck and I think he will have a great fight with him [Alex] Pereira…winners win and I hate that.”

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