‘Pereira and Zhang will take the belt’ – Fans want ‘boring champions’ Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza to lose at UFC 281
There’s a new narrative surrounding UFC 281 which is doing the rounds on social media. After several lackluster performances from Israel Adesanya, fans are hoping the UFC middleweight champion will lose on Nov. 12 to rival Alex Pereira. Why? So it brings new blood and a bit of excitement to the division.
The same goes for the UFC strawweight division where fans are hoping Zhang Weili will get the job done against Carla Esparza at UFC 281. Esparza and Weili will fight for strawweight gold at the event. co-main on Nov. 12 inside MSG. .
Yeah! really want these consequences
— ぴえろ (@supersuperpiero) November 2, 2022
The reason fans want to see Adesanya and Esparza lose is quite simple. Fans love excitement! They love action, and it won’t be wrong to say they love stand-up. Whereas in Carla Esparza’s case, it’s pretty obvious considering Esparza’s fighting style which relies mostly on her grappling hook prowess.
Adesanya has just said he will finish Periera in spectacular fashion. Only two things will happen now, either an annoying decision for Izzy or he gets flattened by Periera.
— Aj (@AjDuxche) October 30, 2022
Adesanya desperately needed Paulo Costa or the reckless Whittaker to shine for a reason. Whenever his opponent isn’t a reckless brawler, Adesanya’s fight gets boring despite being a striker, it’s because of Adesanya, not Yoel.
— Timour (@tenismemis) November 3, 2022
Adesanya’s “strongest” weapons are the stupid mouth and brain. I hope Perreira will take them both. I’m tired of watching boring championship fights by adesanya #UFC281
—SSSS.Har (@dskymr) October 30, 2022
Esparza has traveled the strawweight division, picking up wins over Rose Namajunas, Marina Rodriguez, Yan Xiaonan, Alexa Grasso, and Michelle Waterson, among others. However, the fact that she was able to do this with her wrestling skills and strong BJJ acumen doesn’t sit well with fans who probably want exciting fights at UFC PPVs.
Re-watched the Carla Esparza/Rose Namajunas fight. Always boring….pic.twitter.com/Qp5q1e6BoJ
— MyBookie MMA (@MyBookieMMA) May 11, 2022
Man I don’t mean to harass fighters at all but Carla Esparza is just a boring fighter
— Dylan (@DSummy_) May 8, 2022
Zhang Weili’s fighting style is more exciting and entertaining than Carla Esparza, so it’s no wonder a lot of fans are expecting the Chinese fighter to get the job done at UFC 281.
Fans want Israel Adesanya to lose to Alex Pereira at UFC 281
As for Israel Adesanya, fans are probably tired of being teased into a barn burner to witness a tactical counterattack from Izy, who will not engage in a slugfest unless his opponent advances first.
Izzy has become the most boring champion to watch, and that says a lot with Carla Esparza holding a belt. #UFC276
— Gill (@griffin_laine) July 3, 2022
The fight against Yoel Romero, Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier are all examples of what fans have called “boring” fights. The style master has been heavily criticized for his fight against Jared Cannonier after fiery promos promising a violent finish against the Killa Gorilla.
imagine supporting the ufc’s most annoying champ
— ANDREI 🐊 (@xndrvi) October 31, 2022
Interestingly enough, Israel Adesanya has the lowest finish rate among active champions in the UFC, after none other than Carla Esparza. These numbers are before Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman to become the UFC welterweight champion.
What do you think of Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza as champions in their respective weight classes? Let us know in the comments section.