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Israel Adesanya's Cheeky Dig At Conor McGregor About UFC Knockdown Record

Israel Adesanya's Cheeky Dig At Conor McGregor About UFC Knockdown Record

Conor McGregor claims he has the most knockdowns in a UFC title fight.

But middleweight champion Israel Adesanya isn't so sure.

UFC megastar Conor McGregor. Credit: PA
UFC megastar Conor McGregor. Credit: PA

To celebrate the four-year anniversary since becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, fan favourite McGregor took to social media to post a picture of his bout with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

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McGregor made easy work of Alvarez to capture the lightweight strap, in what's widely regarded as one of the most dominant displays ever seen in a title fight.

The captions for the Instagram photo read: "Most Knockdowns in a UFC World Title Fight! Clinical shooting. I have surpassed this level, multiple times over. Excited to showcase!"

But while the Irishman claims to have secured a total of five knockdowns during the historic TKO victory, UFC records show he actually only landed three.

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And Kiwi sensation Adesanya was quick to remind McGregor that it was actually him who held that impressive record.

Israel Adesanya. Credit: PA
Israel Adesanya. Credit: PA

Adesanya commented on McGregor's Instagram post, saying: "2nd most knockdowns".

The witty response was liked by over 7000 people.

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The Nigerian-born New Zealander scored four successful knockdowns against Kelvin Gastelum during their middleweight title clash at UFC 236 back in April of 2019.

At the time, most of the attention was focused solely on what we'd just witnessed: One of the greatest championship bouts in mixed martial arts history.

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But when the UFC released that Adesanya had set a new knockdown record, McGregor wasn't best pleased.

He took to Twitter, saying: "Wait, what? The UFC did what? That's twice now! I want plaques before I'm back. Digital plaques shall do. Hurry up UFC, I'll be here. And use a good image."

This isn't the first time the two fighters have crossed paths - directly or indirectly.

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Earlier this year, Dana White accused McGregor of "stealing Israel Adesanya's thunder" after publicly announcing his plans to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquaio just hours before UFC 253 - an event that Adesanya was headlining.

The move didn't sit well with the UFC president.

"This was a weird one. This was weirder and different than anything he's done before. There's almost a pattern here," White said at the time.

"When we're about to do a massive fight-and Israel Adesanya broke a ton of records last week in a global, massive fight-the day before that fight, he starts announcing he's going to fight this guy and that guy.

"It's almost like stealing Adesanya's thunder. But he does it every time there's a big fight."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Instagram, Conor Mcgregor, Social Media, UFC, eddie alvarez, Australia, MMA, Dana White, Israel Adesanya

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