Israel Adesanya’s star continued to rise on Saturday night, as the middleweight main evented his first UFC Pay-Per-View against Anderson Silva.
One person who believes in the hype of Adesanya is UFC President Dana White,
“The kid’s got ‘it.’” White said at the UFC 234 post-fight press conference.. “He’s got that — not only is he talented in the Octagon, he’s talented outside of it too. His interviews are exciting, he’s an interesting guy. He’s fun to watch. And I think he’s got a really bright future here.”
“It was fun,” White said of the middleweight showdown between Adesanya and Silva. “That first round was like a kung fu movie. It was a fun fight to watch, very fun. Two guys who are incredibly talented. I was saying yesterday, any oddsmakers that make Anderson Silva 7-to-1 is out of their mind. The guy’s always taking care of himself, he’s a great martial artist, and that was a fun fight.
“But Israel went in with a sold-out house tonight, a lot of pressure on him to go in against the guy — you know, Anderson’s  years old, he’s supposed to go in and beat Anderson, but those are the kind of positions you’re in that you’ve got a lot of pressure on you. Anderson even said, ‘All the pressure’s on him. There’s none on me.’”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting