Adesanya in August 2014
|Born||Israel Mobolaji Adesanya|
22 July 1989
|Nickname(s)||The Last Stylebender|
|Residence||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion. In kickboxing, he is the former Glory middleweight contender winner and King in the Ring two-time cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, which is the most titles in King in the Ring history. As of October 7, 2019, he is #8 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
- 6 Boxing career
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Israel Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a family of five children. His father, Femi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse. Israel attended Chrisland School, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury. In early 2001, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 12 and attended Rotorua Boys' High School. Adesanya was not sporty in high school; instead he was interested in Japanese anime such as Death Note and Naruto. He was heavily bullied during his high school years and attributes the mistreatment he experienced to his decision to pursue martial arts later in life.
At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. He went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32-0 before moving to and fighting in China. At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and began training under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing, with other established MMA fighters such as Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Shane Young.
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 his second Performance of the Night award.
Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230. He won the fight via technical knockout in round one. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award for a third time.
Adesanya faced Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Adesanya faced Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243. He won the fight via knockout in the second round to become the undisputed UFC middleweight champion in front of a record crowd of 57,127 at Marvel Stadium. This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Middleweight Championship (One time, current)
- Interim UFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Rob Wilkinson, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson and Robert Whittaker
- Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum
- Most Knockdowns in a UFC Title Fight (4)
- Australian Fighting Championship
- AFC Middleweight Champion (one time)
- Hex Fighting Series Middleweight
- Hex Fighting Series Middleweight Champion (one time)
- 2018 Breakout Fighter of the Year
- 2018 Rising Star of the Year.
- King in the Ring
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||18 wins||0 losses|
|Win||18–0||Robert Whittaker||KO (punches)||UFC 243||October 6, 2019||2||3:33||Melbourne, Australia||Won and unified the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||17–0||Kelvin Gastelum||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||5||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Won the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||16–0||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 234||February 10, 2019||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15���0||Derek Brunson||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC 230||November 3, 2018||1||4:51||New York City, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–0||Brad Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale||July 6, 2018||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–0||Marvin Vettori||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||12–0||Rob Wilkinson||TKO (punches)||UFC 221||February 11, 2018||2||3:37||Perth, Australia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11���0||Stuart Dare||KO (head kick)||Hex Fighting Series 12||November 24, 2017||1||4:53||Melbourne, Australia||Won the vacant Hex Fighting Series Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||10–0||Melvin Guillard||TKO (punches)||Australia Fighting Championship 20||July 28, 2017||1||4:49||Melbourne, Australia||Won the AFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Murad Kuramagomedov||TKO (punches)||Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4||May 28, 2016||2||1:05||Henan, China|
|Win||8–0||Andrew Flores Smith||TKO (corner stoppage)||Glory of Heroes 2||May 7, 2016||1||5:00||Shenzhen, China|
|Win||7–0||Dibir Zagirov||TKO (punches)||Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2||March 13, 2016||2||2:23||Henan, China|
|Win||6–0||Vladimir Katykhin||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1||January 13, 2016||2||N/A||Henan, China|
|Win||5–0||Gele Qing||TKO (elbows)||Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. China||September 19, 2015||2||3:37||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||4–0||Maui Tuigamala||TKO (body kick)||Fair Pay Fighting 1||September 5, 2015||2||1:25||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||3–0||Song Kenan||TKO (punches)||The Legend of Emei 3||August 8, 2015||1||1:59||Shahe, China||Catchweight (187 lbs) bout.|
|Win||2–0||John Vake||TKO (punches)||Shuriken MMA: Best of the Best||June 15, 2013||1||4:43||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||1–0||James Griffiths||TKO (punches)||Supremacy Fighting Championship 9||March 24, 2012||1||2:09||Auckland, New Zealand|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
|Kickboxing record (Incomplete)|
75 wins, 5 losses 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Adesanya began his professional boxing career in November 2014 against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann. He was granted one of two wildcards to enter the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament. The event was headlined by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. He suffered a controversial loss via unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.
Adesanya re-entered the Super 8 tournament in May 2015, held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. It 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. Adesanya knocked his opponent out in the second round.
Professional boxing record
|6||Win||5–1||Zane Hopman||UD||3||3 Nov 2015||SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand|
|5||Win||4–1||Lance Bryant||UD||3||3 Nov 2015||SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand|
|4||Win||3–1||Brian Minto||SD||4||28 Mar 2015||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|3||Win||2–1||Lance Bryant||MD||3||28 Mar 2015||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|2||Win||1–1||Asher Derbyshire||KO||2 (3)||28 Mar 2015||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|1||Loss||0–1||Daniel Ammann||UD||3||22 Nov 2014||North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
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- Profile at GLORY
- Israel Adesanya at UFC
- Professional MMA record for Israel Adesanya from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Israel Adesanya from BoxRec
|Mixed martial arts titles|
Title last held byRobert Whittaker
| 2nd UFC Interim Middleweight Champion
October 10, 2019 – Present
Title last held byTY Williams
| 2nd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
30 August 2014 – 11 April 2015
|Vacant|| 3rd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
11 April 2015 – 17 November 2017
Title next held bySlava Alexeichik
Title last held byAntz Nansen
| 3rd King in the Ring Heavyweight Champion
31 October 2015 – 30 June 2017
Title next held byCarlos Ulberg