Israel, "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya, is the current UFC middleweight champion with a professional record of 24 wins and 2 losses. Israel is a former Glory Kickboxer who ranks #6 in the UFC Men's pound-for-pound rankings.
Israel Adesanya became the UFC middleweight champion by defeating Alex Pereira via KO at UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2 on April 8, 2023.
Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born July 22, 1989) is a Nigerian-New Zealander professional Mixed Martial Artist. Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and started training in Kickboxing at 18 after watching the movie Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Adesanya relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, at age 21 and joined City Kickboxing.
Adesanya made his professional MMA debut in 2012 and went on an 11-fight-win streak wherein he captured the AFC Middleweight Championship and the Hex Fight Series Middleweight Championship before signing with the UFC.
Adesanya signed with the UFC in December 2017 and debuted against Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221, which he won in the 2nd round via TKO. Israel would continue his winning ways in the UFC. It would go on a 5-fight-win streak in the promotion and defeat the likes of Anderson Silva before getting a UFC Interim Middleweight Championship match against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, which Adesanya would win via Unanimous Decision.
Israel fought Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to unify the UFC Middleweight Championship and Ko'ed Whittaker in the 2nd round to become the Undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion.
The Last Stylebender's only loss in MMA came at UFC 259, where he would face Jan Blachowicz for Blachowicz's UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship and lose via Unanimous Decision.
Adesanya returned to Middleweight to defend his title against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. He would win the bout via Unanimous Decision and extend his title defense streak to 3 defenses.
On November 12, 2022, Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight title to Alex Pereira via TKO at UFC 281.
At UFC 287, Adesanya defeated Alex Pereira via knockout and became the UFC middleweight champion.
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Below is the professional MMA record of Israel Adesanya:
It astonished me what an entrance. Cannonier came out early, trying to move forward and close the distance, and Israel threw a lot of kicks. He looked fast and sharp per usual Cannonier here was trying to close the distance with no luck, and Israel seemed to be a little more aggressive that night, pressing action a little more and using his length very well. Israel all night was Landing some beautiful Jabs. Cannonier did have some moments in the fight getting Israel against the fans, but they can never do any damage. It's crazy that Izzy is barely breathing starting round four, guys. The real story of the night was the style of Bender's smooth movement using his Precision striking with the range that Cannonier had no answer for. Cannonier did have some moments against the cage with some clinch work but could never do much with it. Bender barely looked to have a scratch on him, which is wild at this level. In a five-round fight, Israel at Azania defeats Jared Cannonier unanimously to retain that Middleweight.
Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya faced each other in a Middleweight title unification bout at the main event of UFC 243. The Last Stylebender would dominate the fight and knock out Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker in the second round to become the Undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion and extend his UFC win streak to 7 wins.
Israel Adesanya fought Blachowicz at UFC 259 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The Last Stylebender wanted to become a 2-division champion; however, he lost the bout to the much bigger Blachowicz, who outstruck Adesanya and dominated him on the ground. Israel lost the bout via Unanimous Decision and would return to Middleweight to defend his title against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.
As a mixed martial artist, he competes in the Middleweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current No.1 contender in the UFC middleweight division. In Kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title challenger.
Israel Adesanya said his belt has five rubies = he is a five-time defending champion.
Alex Pereira knocked out Israel Adesanya.
*Last updated on April 9, 2023.