Israel Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist. He has also competed in kickboxing and boxing. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion and has an undefeated record of 20 wins and no losses.
Israel Adesanya popularly known as “THE LAST STYLEBENDER” knock out Paulo Costa to win UFC 253 middleweight championship. Israel Adesanya beat up Paulo Costa on Saturday night in a dominant defence of his middleweight title, winning by TKO in the second round.
Isreal Adesanya knew what he was doing when he chose Rugged Man x 9ice – “Ruggedy Baba” as his entry song. Incredible performance from the naija born fighter. He made light work of Paulo Costa and stopped him in the second round. Adesanya has a net worth of $2 million. Notably, he earned over $540,000 in his fight with Yoel Romero.
Adesanya has never tasted defeat in UFC or MMA but in his previous career as a kickboxer, he lost on five occasions and was even knocked out once. As a kickboxer, Adesanya has tasted defeat and on his last appearance, he was knocked out by Alex Pereira, when fighting on Glory of Heroes 7, in 2017.
The Nigerian-born fighter started his career as a kickboxer in September 2011 and won his first five fights, before suffering his first and second losses in back-to-back fights in 2014. He then went on a tear winning his next 12 fights and won the King of the Ring 86 Cruiserweights Tournament twice and the heavyweights tournament once.
His winning run was ended by Brazilian Pereira at Glory of Heroes 1 in 2016 but he then won another six fights in a row, capturing the Glory Middleweight Championship. The 30-year-old finished his kickboxing career before moving into MMA full time with a final two defeats. He lost to Jason Wilnis at Glory 37 before failing to get revenge of Pereira in his only KO loss.
Atiku Abubakar said: “Israel Adesanya just handed Nigeria its best 60th independence anniversary gift.”
The Undisputed and Undefeated Israel Adesanya takes his MMA record to 20-0 and his updated resume now includes wins over:
- Rob Wilkinson
- Marvin Vettori
- Brad Tavares
- Derek Brunson
- Anderson Silva
- Kelvin Gastelum
- Robert Whittaker
- Yoel Romero
- Paulo Costa
Israel Adesanya said: “We fight for Africa, we fight to reclaim our lost treasures. Hundreds of years ago they took from us but today we’re bringing it back home.”
Israel Adesanya = 9-0 in the UFC
Kamaru Usman = 12-0 in the UFC
Two Nigerian champions representing on the biggest stage of all.