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Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya at UFC 230
BornIsrael Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya[1][2]
(1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 31)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nickname(s)The Last Stylebender
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNigerian
New Zealander
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (2012–present)
Light Heavyweight (2021)
Reach80 in (203 cm)[3]
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out ofAuckland, New Zealand
TeamCity Kickboxing (2010–present)[5]
TrainerEugene Bareman: Head coach
Andrei Păuleț: Wrestling[6][7]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão[8]
Years active2009–present
Professional boxing record
Total6
Wins5
By knockout1
Losses1
Kickboxing record
Total80
Wins75
By knockout29
Losses5
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout15
By decision5
Losses1
By decision1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya[1] (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, and former kickboxer and boxer.[9][10] As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion and has a record of 20-1. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title challenger. As of March 29, 2021 he is #4 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[11]

Adesanya is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts.[12][13][14][15][16]

Early life and background

Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria, the eldest of five children.[9] His father, Oluwafemi,[17] is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse.[18] Adesanya attended Chrisland School, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury.[9][19][20] In 1999, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months,[5] but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education,[21] he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 10[22] and attended Rotorua Boys' High School.[23] Adesanya was not interested in sport during high school; instead he was interested in Japanese anime such as Death Note[24] and Naruto.[25] Adesanya was bullied during his high school years[26] and attributes the mistreatment he experienced to his decision to pursue martial arts later in life.[27]

Following high school graduation, Adesanya enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Design at the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui.[28] At the age of 18, he started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak.[20] Two years later Adesanya made the decision to cease his studies in pursuit of a career in kickboxing and went on to amass an amateur record of 32–0 before turning professional and fighting in China.[29][30] At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and began training in mixed martial arts under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing, with future UFC fighters such as Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Alexander Volkanovski.[31][32][33] He trains in wrestling under the Romanian New Zealander Andrei Păuleț.[6][7]

Adesanya is multilingual. He is fluent in Yoruba, Nigerian Pidgin and English.[1]

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Professional mixed martial arts career

Early career

Adesanya made his professional debut in 2012, with a TKO win against James Griffiths. He scored another TKO win against John Vake, before taking a two year hiatus from mixed martial arts. He returned to MMA in August 2015, when he won the fight against Song Kenan by TKO.[34] He went on to amass a 8-0 record, fighting mostly in Oceanian and Chinese circuits. During this run, he won the AFC Middleweight Championship at Australia Fighting Championship 20 with a first round TKO over Melvin Guillard,[35] as well as the Hex Fight Series Middleweight championship with a first round KO of Stuart Dare.[36]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On December 2017, it was announced that Adesanya had signed a contract with the UFC. He made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on 11 February 2018, at UFC 221.[37] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[38] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[39]

Adesanya's next fight took place on 14 April 2018, against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29.[40] He won the match by split decision.[41]

Adesanya then faced Brad Tavares on 6 July 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[42] Adesanya won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[43] This win earned him his second Performance of the Night award.[44]

Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on 3 November 2018, at UFC 230.[45] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[46] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award for a third time.[47]

While initially expected to serve as the co-main event, Adesanya faced former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on 10 February 2019, in the main event of UFC 234.[48] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[49] This fight earned both competitors the Fight of the Night award.[50]

UFC Middleweight Championship

Adesanya faced Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship on 13 April 2019, in the co-main event of UFC 236.[51] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.[52] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[53] The fight was widely regarded as the best fight of the year, earning the nomination from most of the MMA news outlets.[54]

Adesanya then faced Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout on 6 October 2019, headlining UFC 243 for UFC Middleweight Championship.[55] After a knockdown in last second of the first round, Adesanya won the fight via knockout in the second round.[56] This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.[57]

Adesanya next faced three-time UFC title challenger Yoel Romero on March 7, 2020 UFC 248.[58] He won the fight via unanimous decision, defending his title for the first time.[59] Many fans and pundits felt disappointed due to the low activity by both fighters which resulted in a largely uneventful fight in which neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense.[60][61]

In his next title defense, Adesanya faced fellow undefeated fighter Paulo Costa on 27 September 2020 at UFC 253.[62] This marked the first time two male unbeaten mixed martial artists met in a title fight since 2009.[63] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[64] This win earned him his fifth Performance of the Night award.[65] After the bout, Adesanya's visible right-breast gynecomastia has drummed up controversy.[66][67]

Adesanya faced Jan Błachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on 6 March 2021, at UFC 259.[68] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, the first time he has been defeated in mixed martial arts.[69]

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Professional kickboxing career

Early beginnings

In May 2010, Adesanya won the first fight of his seven fight winning streak, defeating Tim Atonio by unanimous decision. He won his next six fights, fighting almost exclusively with Wu Lin Feng in China. His winning streak earned him a place in the 2014 Kunlun Fight 80kg tournament, held during Kunlun Fight 2. He lost the semifinal bout against Simon Marcus by an extra round split decision.[70] Adesanya afterwards made his Glory debut at Glory 15, when he faced Filip Verlinden. Verlinden won the fight by unanimous decision.[71] The two of them fought a rematch at Glory of Heroes 3, three months after their first fight, with Adesanya winning a unanimous decision.

Adesanya participated in the King in the Ring Cruiserweights II tournament of the regional circuit in New Zealand.[72] In the quarterfinal, he beat Slava Alexeichik by unanimous decision, in the semifinal he beat Pati Afoa by knockout and won the tournament with a knockout of Jamie Eades. Six months later, he took part in the 2015 Cruiserweights III tournament. He scored technical knockouts of Kim Loudon and Mark Timms in the quarterfinal and semifinal bouts respectively, before winning the tournament for the second time with a first round knockout of Pati Afoa.[73]

Moving up in weight, Adesanya participated in the 2015 The Heavyweights III, as well. He defeated Nase Foai by TKO in the quarterfinal and Dan Roberts by KO in the semifinal, before facing Jamie Eades in the finals. The two had previously met in the final of the 2014 Cruiserweight tournament. Adesanya won the tournament final by unanimous decision.[74]

Glory Middleweight Championship

Adesanya won five of his next six fights, including victories over Yousri Belgaroui[75] and Bogdan Stoica.[76] His loss came at the hands of future GLORY Middleweight champion Alex Pereira, who won by unanimous decision.[77]

Adesanya participated in the 2016 Glory Middleweight Contender Tournament. He defeated Robert Thomas by unanimous decision in the semifinals, and won the tournament with a split decision victory over Yousri Belgaroui.[78] He fought Jason Wilnis for the Glory Middleweight championship at Glory 37: Los Angeles. Wilnis won the fight by unanimous decision, although the result was considered controversial.[79][80][81]

His last kickboxing fight, before transitioning to mixed martial arts, was a rematch with Alex Pereira at Glory of Heroes 7. Pereira won the fight by knockout, after dropping Adesanya with a short left hook in the third round.[82][83]

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Professional boxing career

Prizefighting tournaments

Adesanya began his professional boxing career in November 2014 against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann.[84] He was granted one of two wildcards to enter the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament.[85] The event was headlined by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.[86] He suffered a controversial loss via unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.[87]

Adesanya re-entered the Super 8 tournament in May 2015, held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. It was the second cruiserweight series with the winner receiving $25,000 NZD and a new car.[88] He won his first professional fight against fellow New Zealander Asher Derbyshire in the first seed. Adesanya knocked his opponent out in the second round. In the second fight of the tournament, Adesanya won a majority decision against Lance Bryant. In the tournament final, he defeated Brian Minto by split decision.[89]

Adesanya fought in the 2015 Super 8 Cruiserweight tournament. He won his semifinal match against Zane Hopman by unanimous decision, and defended the cruiserweight crown with a unanimous decision win against Lance Bryant in the final.[90]


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Controversy

On March 25, 2021, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, Grant Robertson, called out against on Adesanya's "flippant comments" on his Istagram "Bro, I will f….n rape you" aimed at fellow UFC middleweight fighter, Kevin Holland. Roberston commented "I'm sure Israel understands that, I believe he has deleted the tweet in question. It will be up to the UFC as to what they do. But I would certainly be making clear to him [Adesanya], and to anybody actually, that we have to take rape seriously. It’s not an issue that anyone should be making jokes or flippant comments about at all."[91][92][93]

Overview of "Kevin Holland" article

Personal life

Before taking up fighting, Adesanya regularly competed in dance competitions across New Zealand.[94] He highlighted his passion for dance in a choreographed walkout at UFC 243.[95][96]

Adesanya is a fan of anime and would like to start an anime production company after retiring from fighting.[97] His nickname "The Last Stylebender" is a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender, an anime-influenced cartoon series.[98] Adesanya has the image of one of the show's main characters, Toph Beifong, tattooed on his forearm.[99]

Adesanya has endorsed the 2020 New Zealand cannabis referendum.[100]

In September 2020, he became the first mixed martial arts athlete to sign a sponsorship deal with Puma.[101] Adesanya was also signed as an ambassador for Stake.com in January 2021.[102]

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Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Pay-per-view bouts

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
1. UFC 234 Adesanya vs. Silva 10 February 2019 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia 175,000[127]
2. UFC 253 Adesanya vs. Costa 27 September 2020 Flash Forum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 700,000[128]
3. UFC 259 Błachowicz vs. Adesanya 6 March 2021 UFC Apex Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S 800,000[129]
Total sales 1,675,000

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 20 wins 1 loss
By knockout 15 0
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–1 Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) UFC 259 March 6, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut. For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 20–0 Paulo Costa TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 253 September 27, 2020 2 3:59 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 19–0 Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 18–0 Robert Whittaker KO (punches) UFC 243 October 6, 2019 2 3:33 Melbourne, Australia Won and unified the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 17–0 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 5 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Won the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–0 Anderson Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 15–0 Derek Brunson TKO (knees and punches) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 1 4:51 New York City, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–0 Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale July 6, 2018 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–0 Marvin Vettori Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 12–0 Rob Wilkinson TKO (knees and punches) UFC 221 February 11, 2018 2 3:37 Perth, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 Stuart Dare KO (head kick) Hex Fighting Series 12 November 24, 2017 1 4:53 Melbourne, Australia Won the vacant Hex Fight Series Middleweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Melvin Guillard TKO (punches) AFC 20 July 28, 2017 1 4:49 Melbourne, Australia Won the AFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Murad Kuramagomedov TKO (punches) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4 May 28, 2016 2 1:05 Henan, China
Win 8–0 Andrew Flores Smith TKO (corner stoppage) Glory of Heroes 2 May 7, 2016 1 5:00 Shenzhen, China
Win 7–0 Dibir Zagirov TKO (punches) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2 March 13, 2016 2 2:23 Henan, China
Win 6–0 Vladimir Katykhin TKO (doctor stoppage) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1 January 13, 2016 2 N/A Henan, China
Win 5–0 Gele Qing TKO (elbows) Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. China September 19, 2015 2 3:37 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 4–0 Maui Tuigamala TKO (body kick) Fair Pay Fighting 1 September 5, 2015 2 1:25 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 3–0 Song Kenan TKO (head kick) The Legend of Emei 3 August 8, 2015 1 1:59 Shahe, China
Win 2–0 John Vake TKO (punches) Shuriken MMA: Best of the Best June 15, 2013 1 4:43 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 1–0 James Griffiths TKO (punches) Supremacy Fighting Championship 9 March 24, 2012 1 2:09 Auckland, New Zealand Middleweight debut.

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Professional kickboxing record (incomplete)

Kickboxing record (incomplete)

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
6 fights 5 wins 1 loss
By knockout 1 0
By decision 4 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
6 Win 5–1 Lance Bryant UD 3 3 Nov 2015 SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament IV: cruiserweight final
5 Win 4–1 Zane Hopman UD 3 3 Nov 2015 SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament IV: cruiserweight semi-final
4 Win 3–1 Brian Minto SD 3 28 Mar 2015 Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament III: cruiserweight final
3 Win 2–1 Lance Bryant MD 3 28 Mar 2015 Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament III: cruiserweight semi-final
2 Win 1–1 Asher Derbyshire KO 2 (3) 28 Mar 2015 Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament III: cruiserweight quarter-final
1 Loss 0–1 Daniel Ammann UD 3 22 Nov 2014 North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Super 8 Boxing Tournament II: cruiserweight quarter-final

See also

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11th UFC Middleweight Champion
10 October 2019 – Present
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TY Williams
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30 August 2014 – 11 April 2015
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