Yoel and Costa would KO Adesanya.. you guys are sitting here nitpicking at the mistakes he made against a beast like Yoel, but I'm sitting here looking right back at you guys wondering how you forgot how much Adesanya struggled with an undersized Kelvin Gastelum. If Gastelum could do all that, I can't see Adesanya fairing too well against either Yoel or Costa. Adesanya struggled with old man Anderson Silva ffs.. Adesanya I like him as a person, and he's a sharp technical striker, but he's very hittable and has never been truly challenged. He's going to fold if a big heavy hitter starts knocking him around. You guys are crazy.. Adesanya is going to get his first wake up call once Whittaker whoops that ass.. hopefully Whittaker comes back at 100% would be the only concern for that one, but Yoel and Costa would no doubt sleep Sanya.
The argument about Gastelum is ridiculous. I would bet money that him and Adesanya are the same size. SB is a small Middleweight and everyone likes to use that against him to say Costa is too big, but then when it comes to Gastelum, everyone says Kelvin was too small. Kelvin KOd Bisping, and drops almost everyone he fights. That includes Weidman, who is moving up to LHW.
Sure, SB is hittable. Everyone else is too, especially Costa. I'm not "nitpicking" his mistakes, I'm saying that he's not very good defensively and he has big, gaping holes in his striking game. He puts all of his energy into each punch/kick, the primary reasons for his success have been his pace and his power. SB is a much more diverse and technical striker, much more experienced, more accurate. He also has a better gas tank.
This is the same shit that happens when discussing any SB matchup.
SB/Tavares: "this is the first real striker he's faced, he's gonna get lit up and finished"
SB/Kelvin: "he isn't used to power like Kelvins. He's a real striker who's gonna box him up and KO him"
Lets also not forget that Kelvin was supposed to be fighting for a belt before that fight. Everyone was all hyped up about it, then after he fought SB he's just an undersized WW. Please.