Israel Adesanya

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Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya with father Femi Adesanya in 2014.jpg
Israel Adesanya at City Kickboxing
BornIsrael Mobolaji Adesanya
(1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 29)
Lagos, Nigeria
Other namesThe Last Stylebender
NationalityNew Zealander and Nigerian"Rising Kiwi star Israel Adesanya in line for UFC title shot against Robert Whittaker". Stuff.co.nz. 2018-11-14. Retrieved 2018-11-14.</ref>[1]
EthnicityYoruba
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (MMA)
Cruiserweight (Boxing)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
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
Total7
Wins6
By knockout1
Losses1
Kickboxing record
Total81
Wins75
By knockout48
Losses5
By knockout1
Draws1
No contests0
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins15
By knockout13
By decision2
Losses0
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 28, 2016

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born July 22, 1989) is a Nigerian born[3] mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently fighting in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In October 2017, he was ranked #6 middleweight worldwide in kickboxing by CombatPress.com.[4] As of November 7, 2018, he is #6 in official UFC middleweight rankings.[5]

Background[edit]

Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He trained taekwondo for a brief time but was removed by his mother after breaking his arm. In 2001 (aged 11 or 12) he moved to Whanganui, New Zealand, and at age 18 after being inspired by the Muay Thai film ‘Ong Bak’ started training kickboxing. Adesanya amassed an amateur record of 32-0 prior to moving and fighting in China.[6][7]

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 TKO stoppage prior to being signed by the UFC.[8]

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.[9] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[10] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[11]

Adesanya's next fight was scheduled on April 14, 2018 against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29.[12] He won the fight via split decision.[13]

Adesanya faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[14] Adesanya won the fight via unanimous decision.[15] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[16]

Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[17] He won the fight via techical knockout in round one.[18] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 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 Kenan Song 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 2 3:10 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 1–0 James Griffiths TKO (punches) Supremacy Fighting Championship 9 March 24, 2012 1 2:09 Auckland, New Zealand

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Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Professional boxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Professional Boxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reive, Christopher (2018-02-20). "MMA: New Israel Adesanya was bullied as a child - now he's a New Zealand fight sensation". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ "Israel Adesanya - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Reive, Christopher (2018-02-20). "MMA: New Israel Adesanya was bullied as a child - now he's a New Zealand fight sensation". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  4. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: October 2017". combatpress.com.
  5. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  6. ^ "Israel 'The Last Style Bender' Adesanya : Glory Fighter". Glory Kickboxing. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  7. ^ Reive, Christopher (2018-02-20). "MMA: Israel Adesanya was bullied as a child - now he's a New Zealand fight sensation". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  8. ^ Sherdog.com. "Israel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  9. ^ "Undefeated prospect Israel Adesanya makes UFC debut against Rob Wilkinson in Perth". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  10. ^ "UFC 221 results: Israel Adesanya takes out Rob Wilkinson with TKO in UFC debut". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  11. ^ "UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  12. ^ "Top prospect Israel Adesanya returns against Marvin Vettori at UFC on FOX 29". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  13. ^ "UFC on FOX 29 results: Israel Adesanya stays unbeaten despite late charge from Marvin Vettori". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  14. ^ Staff (2018-04-30). "Brad Tavares vs Israel Adesanya headlines The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  15. ^ "TUF 27 Finale Results | Israel Adesanya defeats Brad Tavares (Highlights) | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  16. ^ "TUF 27 Finale post-fight bonuses: Adesanya wins rare POTN bonus without a finish". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  17. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2018-08-03). "Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya slated for UFC 230". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  18. ^ "UFC 230 Results: Israel Adesanya finishes Derek Brunson in Round 1 | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  19. ^ "UFC 230 bonuses: Israel Adesanya cashes another $50,000 check". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  20. ^ "UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  21. ^ "TUF 27 Finale post-fight bonuses: Adesanya wins rare POTN bonus without a finish". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  22. ^ "UFC 230 bonuses: Israel Adesanya cashes another $50,000 check". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  23. ^ Sherdog.com. "Israel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  24. ^ http://www.veoh.com/watch/v119377020mpB72ZEC
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSHlTO0zIfo
  26. ^ http://muaythaiauthority.com/wlf-glory-heroes-2016-results/
  27. ^ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wtvd1
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6iK7AifPTE

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