Israel Adesanya made one of the most epic strikes in UFC history on Saturday at UFC 276.
But the middleweight champion’s win wasn’t nearly as exciting.
The performance sparked criticism from Hollywood actor Chris Pratt, who was Octagonside at the time.
LAS VEGAS — Chris Pratt is either brave… or stupid.
The Hollywood movie star watched UFC 276 recently and was unimpressed with what he saw happening in the main event.
Israel Adesanyaone of the best fighters in the UFC, delivered an epic walkout on Saturday when he dressed as WWE‘s iconic character Undertaker and carried an urn to the Octagon with his opponent Jared Cannonier’s name on it.
Within an hour, he had defeated Cannonier after five rounds of ultimate fights at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, to retain his UFC Middleweight Championship.
The fight itself wasn’t nearly as epic as Adesanya’s entrance, but it did see the City Kickboxing Gym striker make a fifth successful defense of the 185-pound title.
Pratt, however, wanted more.
“I’m going to say this as humbly as I can, as a man who’s never stepped in the Octagon. I don’t know this game, I’m just an actor. But I’m not a fan, man,” Pratt said at the UFC 276 post- fight show aired on ESPN.
For Pratt, a walkout as epic as Adesanya’s, combined with all the promotional talk he made leading up to the fight, justified a more thunderous type of fight and/or finish.
“I’m not a fan of coming out like all this talk and then just putting on a bit of a pitter-patter,” Pratt said. “I’m like, ‘Come on, man. You pay money for that.’ You have to keep that promise that you are so tough.”
He finished by noting that he was sure of the pre-match result – an Adesanya win by decision – but had “hoping to see Cannonier” win and the belt. “I’m not going to lie,” he said.
Adesanya doesn’t take criticism very well
At a press conference after the fight Saturday, Adesanya closed his statements by turning to media members who had criticized him in the past.
“You have a job to do, and I’m not criticizing you in particular — I’m a little bit, I’m a little bit,” Adesanya said.
“But remember this, I could do your job. I could do your job. You could never do my job.’
He continued: “I appreciate you guys for what you’re doing, but, not just for me, but for other fighters, man, watch your words. Be mindful with the way you clickbait. That shit is weak. That shot is weak.
“Because now I know how YouTube works, and I know how these interviews work. Mind you, because I could do your job, but you can’t do mine. Just remember that. Thank you.”
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