In this corner, we have Israel Adesanya 19-0 King in the Ring, who is well-known as a Nigerian-born New Zealand mixed martial artist (MMA) who has really made a name for himself and continues to move up the ranks within the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) events. He was born on July 22, 1989, and he has also competed in kickboxing and boxing as well as the UFC. Adesanya’s current record is 19-0 and he fights out of Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently listed at #4 on the UFC pound-for-pound rankings for the UFC men. He has an interesting background, to say the least.
When is Israel Adesanya’s next fight?
UFC has set Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa for UFC 254 a middleweight championship bout where Adesanya defends his title against undefeated Costa.
Adesanya did not come to New Zealand until he was ten years old, and it was due in part to the fact that his parents wanted him to have a better education than what he might have received in Africa. Interestingly enough, Adesanya was not initially interested in any type of sports while he was in school. Instead, he preferred Japanese anime such as Naruto and Death Note. However, he was heavily bullied in school, and this is what led to him becoming interested in martial arts later on in his life.
Adesanya made his first professional debut as a Mixed-Martial Artist (MMA) in 2012. He did very well; he actually went undefeated, amassing an impressive record of 11-0 with every single win coming by either knock out or technical knock out. Although he could have made quite a name for himself in China, Australia, and Hong Kong, he still felt that he had much more to prove to his critics, so he would ultimately sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in December of 2017.
Take a look at Israel Adesanya at a glance
Nickname: The Last Stylebender
Residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality: Nigerian, New Zealander
Height: 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight: 84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
Professional Mixed martial arts record
Total fight: 19
By knockout: 14
By decision: 5
Adesanya’s first UFC bout was against Rob Wilkinson on February 11, 2018. He was declared the winner of the fight in the second round by a TKO decision. On April 14, 2018, he fought against Marvin Vettori, winning the fight by a split decision. He would then go on to remain victorious against Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, and Anderson Silva, winning several awards in the process. He has also won impressive decisions against Kelvin Gastelum, Robert Whittaker, and Yoel Romero. Paulo Costa had better prepare as he has never prepared before against this impressive fighter because he is up next.