Israel Adesanya who bears the nickname “The Last Stylebender” and is famous for pulling off dance moves in the ring after taking his opponents down is definitely among the best fighters to ever step foot in the Octagon. Adesanya has roots from both Nigeria and New Zealand, he is a brown belt holder in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he is currently the champion of the UFC middleweight division.
Adesanya is undefeated in 20 matches in the middleweight division, winning all 20 matches he has fought, 15 of them by knocking his opponent out, he has successfully defended his title twice in between these fights. He has only ever suffered a single loss in his UFC career, against the light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in a bid to unify the middleweight and light heavyweight titles earlier in 2021.
THE TERRIFIC AND UNDISPUTED UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION CHAMPION: ISRAEL ADESANYA
Adesanya proudly stands in 4th place in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings, a spot he truly deserves for his consistency and ferocity in the arena.
Adesanya who previously had career spells as a professional boxer and a professional kickboxer has a number of accolades and accomplishments in the UFC, these include: Having the most knockdowns in a UFC title fight (4), having 5 perfomance of the night awards, 2 fights of the night, the 2019 fight of the year, the 2019 fighter of the year, the 2018 newcomer of the year, being the Interim UFC middleweight Champion, and also being the UFC middleweight champion.
He has achieved so much in the sport in just a few years of joining and his name has become quite renown throughout the UFC universe.
He has been caught up in controversy a couple of times due to comments he passed during a press conference as well as a post he made on Instagram, he duly apologized for his comments and promised to be careful to avoid a reoccurrence.
Adesanya who is fresh off his first defeat in his UFC career against Jan Blachowicz will definitely be seeking redemption at UFC 263, when he defends his title against Marvin Vettori who is ranked third in the UFC middleweight division.
The fight between them comes as a rematch to what was just Adesanya’s second bout in the UFC, Vettori who is on a five-match winning streak has appropriately earned his title shot and would be looking for reparations for his initial defeat to Adesanya. The fight shows the potential to be one for the history books.