Israel Adesanya is often regarded as ONE OF THE best strikers in the WORLD of mixed martial arts as well as one of the best in sport’s history!
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 at City Kickboxing.🌎💜⭕️
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão
Years active 2009–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout 1
By knockout 0
By knockout 29
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 14
By decision 5
Israel Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist. He has also competed in kickboxing and boxing. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion and has an undefeated record of 19 wins and no losses. In kickboxing, he is the former Glory middleweight contender winner and King in the Ring two-time cruiserweight and heavyweight champion. As of 24 May 2020, he is #4 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Adesanya is often regarded as one of the best strikers in the world of mixed martial arts as well as one of the best in sport’s history.
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
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 10 and attended Rotorua Boys’ High School. Adesanya was not interested in sport during 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.
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