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"I don't say 'good luck' to my opponents. I say, 'Bring your best,'" Adesanya said. "There's no manners then. You're getting a different me. It's a different side of the same coin. Or a cube. Yes. I'm a cube. A Rubik's cube." —Israel Adesanya


Born: Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya
‍22 July 1989 (age 31)Nigeria

Nickname(s) The Last Stylebender

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality NigerianNew Zealander

Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)

Weight84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)

Division Middleweight

Reach80 in (203 cm)

Style Kickboxing, Boxing

Stance Orthodox and Southpaw

Fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand

Team City Kickboxing (2010–present)[4]

Trainer: Eugene Bareman: Head coach: Andrei Păuleț: Wrestling

Rank: Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under

Years active: 2009–present







THE LAST STYLE BENDER

ISRAEL ADESANYA

WIN

21

Lost

1

Born
22 July 1989 (age 31)
Nationality
Nigerian / New Zealander
Nickname
The Last Style Bender
Height
193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Reach
80 in (203 cm)
Division
Middleweight
Style
Kickboxing, Boxing
Stance
Orthodox
Team
City Kickboxing (2010–present)
Head Coach
Eugene Bareman
Rank
Purple Belt - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Martial Arts

Martial Arts Style

Martial Arts Style

Israel blends different martial arts with his unusual style and takes inspiration from culture and his experiences.

From orthodox stance to southpaw, he’s fluid in movement just like when he was in dance cyphers in his youth. Krump, pop and lock, and breaking are all styles of dance that he’s been influenced with growing up.

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Martial Arts History - Striking

Martial Arts Style

Israel’s first introduction to Martial Arts was Taekwondo when he was 8 years old. At that time his mother pulled him out for being too rowdy and injuring himself at home.

I think I almost got my yellow belt then my mom kind of pulled me out because I was just wrecking shop around the house kicking everything I broke my arm doing backflips off the couch and she was just like “Nah no more” —Joe Rogan Podcast

In his teenage years after he watched the action Muay Thai movie Ong Bak, Israel was inspired and started training in 2018. He trained Muay Thai under Derek Broughton in Whanganui, New Zealand.
“Six weeks later, I had my first [kickboxing] fight. Crazy. That was 2008 and I was still a teenager.”

In 2010, Israel would move to Auckland, New Zealand to train under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing. He’s been with Eugene ever since racking up 80 Kickboxing and 20 MMA fights.

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Evolving and Learning

Believing in a complete MMA game, Israel also trains wrestling and Jiu Jitsu to complement his striking. In 2017, André Galvão promoted Adesanya to the rank of Jiu Jitsu blue-belt.

“For me, in the back of my mind, I don’t know if it’s my ego or just me being anxious,” Adesanya said. “I just felt if I ever run up on a guy with a jiu-jitsu black belt or a really good wrestler, he’d be able to fuck me up without even throwing a single punch. 
I can’t, as a man, I can’t live with that. Feeling vulnerable. Like someone might have an advantage in another area, in the ground or against the fence.”

“This is martial arts. You have to evolve and keep learning,” Adesanya said. “And, man, you jump to MMA, there’s so much to learn. There’s what you know, there’s what you don’t know and there’s what you don’t know you don’t know, which is infinite. That’s why you want to keep learning.”

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Championships & Accomplishments

RESULT
OPPONENT
EVENTS
ROUND
TIME
METHOD
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Robert Whittaker
EVENTS:
UFC 271 (12 February 2022)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
5:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Martin Vettori
EVENTS:
UFC 263 (June 12, 2021)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
5:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Loss
OPPONENT:
Jan Błachowicz
EVENTS:
UFC 259 (Mar 6, 2021)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Paulo Costa
EVENTS:
UFC 253 (Sep 27, 2020)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
03:59
METHOD:
TKO (punches and elbows)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Yoel Romero
EVENTS:
UFC 248 (Mar 7, 2020)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Robert Whittaker
EVENTS:
UFC 243 (Oct 6, 2019)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
03:33
METHOD:
KO (punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Kelvin Gastelum
EVENTS:
UFC 236 (Apr 13, 2019)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Anderson Silva
EVENTS:
UFC 234 (Feb 10, 2019)
ROUND:
3
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Derek Brunson
EVENTS:
UFC 230 (Nov 3, 2018)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
04:51
METHOD:
TKO (knees and punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Brad Tavares
EVENTS:
The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale (Jul 6, 2018)
ROUND:
5
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (unanimous)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Marvin Vettori
EVENTS:
UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje (Apr 14, 2018)
ROUND:
3
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
Decision (split)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Rob Wilkinson
EVENTS:
UFC 221 (Feb 11, 2018)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
03:37
METHOD:
TKO (knees and punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Stuart Dare
EVENTS:
Hex Fighting Series 12 (Nov 24, 2017)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
04:53
METHOD:
KO (head kick)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Melvin Guillard
EVENTS:
AFC 20 (Jul 28, 2017)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
04:49
METHOD:
TKO (punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Murad Kuramagomedov
EVENTS:
Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4 (May 28, 2016)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
01:05
METHOD:
TKO (punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Andrew Flores Smith
EVENTS:
Glory of Heroes 2 (May 7, 2016)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
05:00
METHOD:
TKO (corner stoppage)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Dibir Zagirov
EVENTS:
Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2 (Mar 13, 2016)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
02:23
METHOD:
TKO (punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Vladimir Katykhin
EVENTS:
Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1 (Jan 13, 2016)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
N/A
METHOD:
TKO (doctor stoppage)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Gele Qing
EVENTS:
Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. China (Sep 19, 2015)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
03:37
METHOD:
TKO (elbows)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Maui Tuigamala
EVENTS:
Fair Pay Fighting 1 (Sep 5, 2015)
ROUND:
2
TIME:
01:25
METHOD:
TKO (body kick)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
Song Kenan
EVENTS:
The Legend of Emei 3 (Aug 8, 2015)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
01:59
METHOD:
TKO (head kick)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
John Vake
EVENTS:
Shuriken MMA: Best of the Best (Jun 15, 2013)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
04:43
METHOD:
TKO (punches)
Result:
Win
OPPONENT:
James Griffiths
EVENTS:
Supremacy Fighting Championship 9 (Mar 24, 2012)
ROUND:
1
TIME:
02:09
METHOD:
TKO (punches)