Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He trained taekwondo for a brief time in his youth but was removed by his mother after breaking his arm. At the age of 13, he moved to Rotorua, New Zealand and attended Rotorua Intermediate. He started training in kickboxing at age 18 after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak and went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32-0 prior to moving and fighting in China.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Adesanya faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale. Adesanya won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Article source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Adesanya