Ten facts you should know about Israel Adesanya


Michael Aromolaran

Israel Adesanya is one of the greatest middleweight fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter is a stronghold of talent and technique.

Here are ten facts you should know about the champion.

#1. Israel Adesanya was born in Lagos State, Nigeria on July 22, 1989, to Femi Adesanya, an accountant, and Taiwo Adesanya, a nurse

#2. He got his nickname, ‘The Last Stylebender’ from the children’s TV series, Avatar.

#3. Adesanya has the UFC attendance record to his name. His match against Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 in Melbourne saw an overwhelming crowd of 57,127 people at the Marvel stadium.

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This broke the earlier record of Holly Holm vs Ronda Rousey, which was held in 2015 and saw a crowd of 56,214.

#4. Israel Adesanya loves dancing
During his younger days, he wanted to make a full-time career out of dancing but switched to martial arts due to parental pressure. Today, he dances to celebrate his victories.

#5. Israel Adesanya worked in a leather tannery.
Adesanya considers this one of the worst jobs he ever had to do.

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#6. ‘The Last Stylebender’ experienced bullying in high school
Adesanya passed through a period of bullying in high school and this experience influenced his subsequent decision to pursue martial arts.

#7. Inspired by a martial arts movie

At the age of 18, Adesanya started kickboxing training after getting inspired by the martial arts movie, ‘Ong-Bak’. He moved to China to fight for three years before returning to Auckland, New Zealand, at 21.

#8. A huge anime fan

Adesanya has admitted to being a huge anime fan, with Death Note and Naruto among his favourites.

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#9. Israel Adesanya moved to New Zealand at a young age

Adesanya moved out of Nigeria at the age of 11 with his family to Ghana, then relocated to Rostorua, New Zealand, just ten months after moving to Ghana.

#10. ‘The Last Stylebender’ first tried his hand at professional boxing

Before he started MMA, Adesanya was a professional boxer, making his debut in November 2014 against Australian champion, Daniel Ammann.


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