Jared Cannonier will battle Israel Adesanya for the Middleweight Championship on Saturday at UFC 276.
Ahead of the bout, Cannonier sat down with the media for UFC media day, where he was asked about his thoughts on what people have to say about him being the underdog and wether or not he can beat Israel. Cannonier says he doesn’t pay attention to that kind of thing and focuses on himself and the fight.
I don’t really think about what other people say or what he’s saying. My thoughts are only on what he’s going to attempt to do Saturday night and what I am going to do on Saturday night, there are a lot of people saying a lot of different things and damn near all of them are counting me out. So why would I even pay attention to what people say that is on the negative side of me getting my win? That doesn’t serve me. That doesn’t help me. That doesn’t bring me any joy. I’m not focusing on that. That doesn’t hurt me. They are just words floating in the air. I’m not going to sit here and try and catch them like a guy with a butterfly net. No. They can sit out there and do their thing and those words will eventually die. I’m going to continue to thrive. Israel has garnered a lot of clout, rightfully so. The man has been putting in work. He has been doing his thing and looked good doing it. I’m not concerning myself with how other people feel about what’s about to happen on Saturday night. I don’t even want to comment on it. I’m not even going to contribute to that. So if anybody else has any questions about what somebody else said, you might want to re-do those questions right now. You have time. I don’t care what people say. I don’t care what people do. As long as they are not getting in the way of me doing my thing, we ain’t got no problems.– Jared Cannonier via UFC Media Day
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