Israel Adesanya

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Full Name Israel Adesanya
Age 31 Years Old
Nick Name Israel Adesanya
Gender Male
Birth Date July 22nd, 1989
Birth Place Lagos

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About Israel Adesanya

A Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya is professionally known as Israel Adesanya. He has competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has won the unified Middleweight UFC Championship in October 2019 after defeating Robert Whittaker. He is well known all over the world for his brutal force in kickboxing. Before taking up fighting, Adesanya regularly competed in dance competitions across New Zealand. He highlighted his passion for dance in a choreographed walkout at UFC 243. In September 2020, he reached #3 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He has even set a record of 11-0 while competing in China and Australia. Recently, Israel Adesanya Gets Involved in Trash Talk With Kevin Holland During UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Silva. Additionally, he has gained several championships such as UFC Middleweight Championship, AFC Middleweight Champion, Hex Fighting Series Middleweight Champion, Interim UFC Middleweight Championship, and many others.

Famous For

  • Being a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist.
  • For competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Israel Adesanya, a famous fighter

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Early Life of Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya opened his eyes first time on 22nd July 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria to Oluwafemi (father) and Taiwo (mother), though his current residence is in Auckland, New Zealand. Besides, his full name or real name is Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya. He holds a Nigerian nationality and Nigerian-black ethnicity. Analogously, he is from Christianity religion. He is 31 years old as of 2020. His birthday is happily celebrated on 22nd July, and according to his birth date in late July, his zodiac sign is Cancer and his race is black. His father is an accountant and his mother is a nurse. He is one of the five siblings. They include 28-year-old Deborah (nurse) 26-year-old Samuel (nurse), 26-year-old David (accountant), and 20-year-old Bolu (student). Israel grew up with all of his siblings in Lagos of Nigeria. Lately, he has brought a house in Auckland, New Zealand. He had moved to China in between for his training. Israel attended Chrisland School and is a graduate of Rotorua Boys' High School but he did not complete his education after completing high school.

Career of Israel Adesanya

  • Israel Adesanya commenced his UFC career in the year 2012 by fighting in Hong Kong, Australia, and China over the next five-and-a-half years where he amassed a record of 11-0, with all wins coming via KO/TKO, prior to being signed by the UFC. He also became the first New Zealander to sign a deal with the Glory promotion company in March 2014. But, he lost a unanimous points decision in his debut fight to Belgian Filip Verlinden at Glory 15 in Istanbul, Turkey
  • He also announced he would compete in the King in the Ring last-man-standing tournament in Auckland, New Zealand which he won the event with wins over fellow countrymen Slava Alexeichik, Pati Afoa, and Jamie Eades.
  • Later, he signed with the UFC in December 2017 and made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on 11th February 2018, at UFC 221 which he won the fight via TKO in the second round.
  • After that, he faced Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29 on 14th April 2018 which he won as well as faced  Brad Tavares on 6th July 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale and won the match.
  • Analogously, he has faced several fighters like Derek Brunson, Anderson Silva, and many others whom he has defended.
  • On 13th April 2019, at UFC 236, he defended Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship as well as faced Robert Whittaker in the following year whom he defended in a title unification bout on 6th October 2019 at UFC 243.
  • After that, on 7th March 2020, he fights against Yoel Romero at UFC 248, and won the fight via unanimous decision as well, defended the UFC middleweight championship successfully for the first time.
  • Then, he defended Paulo Costa on 27th September 2020 at UFC 253 and won the fight via technical knockout in the second round which helps him to earn the fifth Performance of the Night award.
  • Furthermore, as a piece of fresh news, Adesanya Gets Involved in Trash Talk With Kevin Holland During UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Silva. 
  • With a win over "The American Bad Boy", Holland extended his winning streak to 4-0 in 2020. 'Trailblazer' in his post-fight interview said that he wants to have another fight before the end of this year as he aims to 'break records'. However, after his first-round win, he had a few words for the current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
  • Following his win, however, Holland jumped on the cage and started talking trash to champion Israel Adesanya, who was in attendance. 
  • In the post-fight interview, Michael Bisping asked Holland what was going on. 'Trailblazer' replied, "Ex-champ, Ex-champ real soon…. I think the guy is a phenomenal fighter, but he did something a couple of years ago in LA on my UFC debut, he knows what's up. Then the other day when I seen him at the lobby he was trying to act all friendly, I just don't play those games.  If you really want to get this smoke, let's get this smoke….. So when I see him, I see him."

Israel Adesanya punching against the opponent

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Boxing Career

  • In November 2014, Israel Adesanya kicks off his professional boxing career against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann was granted one of two wildcards to enter the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament. He suffered a controversial loss via unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.
  • Then, he re-entered the Super 8 tournament in May 2015, held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch which was the second cruiserweight series with the winner receiving $25,000 NZD and a new car. He won his first professional fight against fellow New Zealander Asher Derbyshire in the first seed and knocked his opponent out in the second round.

Awards and Achievements of Israel Adesanya

  • UFC Middleweight Championship (One time, current)
  • Interim UFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
  • AFC Middleweight Champion (one time)
  • Hex Fighting Series Middleweight Champion (one time)
  • World MMA Awards
  • Halberg Awards
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Israel Adesanya with UFC belt

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Personal Life of Israel Adesanya

Reflecting on Israel Adesanya's personal life, there is not much about his personal relation and girlfriend as he always maintains a distance in his personal life and media. But we know he isn't married and has no wife. Since he is still unmarried and single there isn't any chance of him being through a divorce. He's in fact got a lot going on for him career-wise, so probably he does not have much time left for relationships and all. Hope the reason behind living a single life is to focus on a victorious career. Furthermore, regarding his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Net Worth of Israel Adesanya

Moving towards Israel Adesanya's net worth, he has worth of around $2 million as of 2020 though the star earned a notable $540,000 (425,000 pounds) in his fight with Yoel Romero. His purse money for each fight and sponsorship payout increased after becoming the UFC Middleweight Champion. He earns pretty well from the sports industry whereas his salary is around $83 thousand per year. Moreover, signing a contract with UFC has brought him nothing but fortune. Israel earns in accordance with his performance and his highest-earning record is during the win over Anderson Silva. In addition, his main source of income is from a fighting career. Additionally, Adesanya has endorsed the 2020 New Zealand cannabis referendum from where he earns a handsome amount of money.

Body Measurement of Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya is a handsome MMA fighter who stands at a perfect height of 5 feet and 4 inches though his body weight is around 84 kg. Blessed with great height and physique, he still carries the aura to rock the shirtless avatar. He has made some loyal fans and admirers over the years. He has unarguably accomplished a decent height career-wise. The image of this shirtless actor who looks super hot flaunting his body is available everywhere on the internet. He's got unconventional good looks and raw appeal about him. Reasons for his amazing personality could be his roots. In addition, he is a fighter with dark brown eyes and hair color with 44-32-37 inches of body measurement. And, regarding his body build type, it's athletic. Adesanya has the image of one of the show's main characters, Toph Beifong, tattooed on his forearm.