Following his UFC 263 unanimous decision victory over the promotion’s first-ever Italian title challenger, Adesanya (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and Vettori (17-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) disputed about the accuracy of the scoring.
Adesanya was irritated by the discourse. While Adesanya did not expect their feud to vanish overnight, he did want Vettori to at least tip his hat to a fair-and-square, one-sided victory. Instead, he encountered extracurricular conflict.
Adesanya has had one loss in professional mixed martial arts. However, he has losses in his kickboxing career as well. Adesanya believes he has mastered the art of losing.
“I don’t know because even at the end of the fight, I was like, ‘You can at least say I won that one,’” Adesanya said at the post-fight news conference. “He’s like, ‘What? This one? This one?’ I was like, ‘Are you serious? I won that.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, no. We can’t. We can’t.’ Eric Cartman mentality, man. You’ve got to believe your own bullsh*t, sometimes. He said I believe my own hype? But wow, after that, who’s believing their own hype?”
Adesanya discovered progress and drive via his failures, such as the one he suffered in March when he was defeated by Jan Blachowicz. Vettori can and should do the same if he wants to progress, according to Adesanya.
“After my last fight, I won’t say who, but certain people thought I won that fight,” Adesanya said. “Certain people in my camp thought I won that fight but I was just like, ‘Nah, it was close, but I’ll take the ‘L’ from that one and I will grow. I will learn.’ If I wanted to have his mentality, I’d hold onto that. I’d keep going after Jan and it’s so stupid. That’s not how you grow. How you grow is you learn from your mistakes. You go back to the drawing board and you improve. You become better from them. ‘Ls’ are a part of life. Losses make you better.”
Vettori’s thinking, in Adesanya’s opinion, is backward. Instead of patching his flaws, Vettori remained locked in an attempt to persuade himself that he is the better boxer, according to Adesanya.
“I don’t know where this whole mentality comes from that, ‘Oh, you took a loss, and now you’re over.’ Nah, it’s part of life. Take it and let it improve you,” Adesanya said. “My advice to him would be to look yourself in the mirror tonight – maybe not tonight. Give it a week. Let things settle down. Look at yourself in the mirror and be like, ‘Look, Israel is better than you. Israel is better than you. Izzy is way better than you. You couldn’t do shit to him, but I’m going to get better from this.’ I swear to you, his next fight will improve if he does the work right. But you’ve got to let it go. You’ve got to let it go.”