Israel Adesanya

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Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya with father Femi Adesanya in 2014.jpg
Adesanya (left) with his father Femi, August 2014
BornIsrael Mobolaji Adesanya
(1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 30)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nickname(s)The Last Stylebender
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNigerian-New Zealander
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb; 13 st 1 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight
Reach80 in (203 cm)[1]
StyleKickboxing, Boxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofAuckland, New Zealand
TeamCity Kickboxing
TrainerEugene Bareman
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão[2]
Years active2009–present
Professional boxing record
Total6
Wins5
By knockout1
Losses1
By knockout0
Kickboxing record
Total80
Wins75
By knockout29
Losses5
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins18
By knockout14
By decision4
Losses0
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer.[3] As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion. In kickboxing, he is the former Glory middleweight contender winner and King in the Ring two-time cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, which is the most titles in King in the Ring history. As of October 7, 2019, he is #8 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.[4]

Background[edit]

Israel Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria.[5] He attended Chrisland School, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury.[5][6][7] Because Adesanya's parents wanted him to get a well-recognized higher education,[8] he moved to Rotorua, New Zealand at age 10[9] and attended Rotorua Boys' High School.[10] As for the difference in education, Adesanya found the curriculum in New Zealand was "a lot easier."[8] At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak.[7] He went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32-0 before moving to and fighting in China.[11][12]

At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and began training under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing, with other established fighters such as Kai Kara-France and Dan Hooker.[13][14]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Adesanya made his professional debut in 2012. Fighting in Hong Kong, Australia and China over the next five-and-a-half years, he amassed a record of 11-0, with all wins coming via KO/TKO, prior to being signed by the UFC.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In December 2017, it was announced that Adesanya had signed with the UFC. He made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on February 11, 2018, at UFC 221.[16] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[17] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[18]

Adesanya's next fight was scheduled on April 14, 2018, against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29.[19] He won the fight via split decision.[20]

Adesanya faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[21] Adesanya won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[22] This win earned him his second Performance of the Night award.[23]

Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230.[24] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[25] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award for a third time.[26]

Adesanya faced Anderson Silva on February 10, 2019, at UFC 234.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[29]

Adesanya faced Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236.[30] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[31] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[32]

Adesanya faced Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[33] He won the fight via knockout in the second round to become the undisputed UFC middleweight champion.[34] This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.[35]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • CombatPress.com
    • 2018 Breakout Fighter of the Year[43]
  • MMADNA.nl
    • 2018 Rising Star of the Year.[44]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 18 wins 0 losses
By knockout 14 0
By decision 4 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (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 Fighting Series Middleweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Melvin Guillard TKO (punches) Australia Fighting Championship 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 (punches) The Legend of Emei 3 August 8, 2015 1 1:59 Shahe, China Catchweight (187 lbs) bout.
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

[46]

Kickboxing record (incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing career[edit]

Prize-fighting tournaments[edit]

Adesanya began his professional boxing career in November 2014 against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann.[52] He was granted one of two wildcards to enter the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament.[53] The event was headlined by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.[54] He suffered a controversial loss via unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.[55]

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.[56] 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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
6 Win 5–1 New Zealand Zane Hopman UD 3 3 Nov 2015 New Zealand SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand
5 Win 4–1 New Zealand Lance Bryant UD 3 3 Nov 2015 New Zealand SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand
4 Win 3–1 United States Brian Minto SD 4 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
3 Win 2–1 New Zealand Lance Bryant MD 3 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
2 Win 1–1 New Zealand Asher Derbyshire KO 2 (3) 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
1 Loss 0–1 Australia Daniel Ammann UD 3 22 Nov 2014 New Zealand North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Mixed martial arts titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Robert Whittaker
2nd UFC Interim Middleweight Champion
October 10, 2019 – Present
Incumbent
Kickboxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
TY Williams
2nd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
30 August 2014 – 11 April 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant 3rd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
11 April 2015 – 17 November 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Slava Alexeichik
Vacant
Title last held by
Antz Nansen
3rd King in the Ring Heavyweight Champion
31 October 2015 – 30 June 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Carlos Ulberg