I expected Israel Adesanya to have a harder time against Angry Marvin but he did not. The big take away was that he could not finish Angry Marvin. This was a big tell that Israel needs to stay at 185.
Israel Adesanya is too small for 205. He came in two pounds under the 185 limit. While he has the striking still he does not have the power to keep any of the 205ers with wrestling off of him. Once he gets in the clinch Israel’s size is going to hurt him. If you look at who is in the top 15 I believe even number 15 Paul Craig will give Izzy a hard time and probably beat him.
Izzy is going to need to be like Khabib and Kamaru and stay in his division and just rule it. Izzy’s dominance is going to depend on how he deals with Robert Whitaker. I believe he starches Whitaker again.
The interesting fight is going to be against Khamzat Chimaev because Khamzat can strike and has power. Derek Brunson can bring the wrestling but he is going to get pieced up if he can’t clinch up with Izzy.
I do want to see Izzy in a striking battle with either Uriah Hall or Kevin Holland. If I had to pick between the two I would love to see Uriah.