Israel Adesanya earned a decisive win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on Saturday, yet the middleweight champion thought he had an "off night."
"And still, I still f--ked him up," he told reporters during his press conference. "It was in the fight, maybe when I couldn't find my power shots, my kicks. ... He was adjusting well. It wasn't just me versus him. It was him versus my team."
Adesanya was in control from start to finish, landing 116 significant strikes to 90 for the challenger. Cannonier failed on all four of his takedown attempts as well.
It wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing fight to watch, and the fans inside T-Mobile Arena weren't afraid to voice their opinions.
"You get to this point where, like, you're so great, people just want to see you fall," Adesanya said. "They just want to see you fall, no matter what. If it's not like a show-out, spectacular performance, then it's like, ah, he's not even that good."
Styles make fights, so the champion might have struggled to hit his peak when he was so clearly better than his opponent.
Assuming Alex Pereira, who has two kickboxing wins over Adesanya, is the next in line, things could get a lot more interesting.
Pereira also won Saturday, knocking out Sean Strickland in the first round.