Israel Adesanya
"The Last Stylebender"
16 - 0 - 0
Nigeria
DOB:
22-7-1989
Age:
30 years
Division:
Middleweight
City/State:
Lagos
Promotion:
Weight
185
Height
6'4
Wins
16
Losses
0
Draws
0
  • KO/TKO
    16/13
    81%
  • SUB
    16/
    %
  • DEC
    16/3
    19%

Background

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[4] and attended Rotorua Intermediate.[5] 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.[6][7]

At the age of 21, Adesanya relocated to Auckland, New Zealand and began training at City Kickboxing with other established fighters such as Kai Kara-France and Dan Hooker.[8]

Mixed martial arts career

Early 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.[9]

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.[10] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[11] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[12]

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

Adesanya faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[15] Adesanya won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[16] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[18] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[19] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[20]

Adesanya faced Anderson Silva on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[23]

Adesanya is expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[24]

Article source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Adesanya

UFC Fight Record
MMA World Rankings
Middleweight