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.
#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.
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.
#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.
#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.