Israel Adesanya

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer. 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. He has also competed as a cruiserweight in boxing. As of February 2019, Adesanya is number 6 in official UFC middleweight rankings and in October 2017, he was ranked the number six middleweight worldwide in kickboxing by CombatPress.com.

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Israel Adesanya
Adesanya (left) with his father Femi, August 2014
Adesanya (left) with his father Femi, August 2014
BornIsrael Mobolaji Adesanya
(1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 29)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nickname(s)The Last Stylebender
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight
Reach203 cm (80 in)
TeamCity Kickboxing
TrainerEugene Bareman
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão
Years active2009–present
Professional boxing record
Total6
Wins5
By knockout1
Losses1
By knockout0
Kickboxing record
Total81
Wins75
By knockout48
Losses5
By knockout1
Draws1
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins16
By knockout13
By decision3
Losses0
By knockout0
Amateur record
Total32
Wins32
Losses0
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born 22 July 1989) is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer.[1] 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. He has also competed as a cruiserweight in boxing. As of February 2019, Adesanya is number 6 in official UFC middleweight rankings and in October 2017, he was ranked the number six middleweight worldwide in kickboxing by CombatPress.com.[2][3]

Background

Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He trained taekwondo for a brief time in his youth but was removed by his mother after breaking his arm. At the age of 13, he moved to Rotorua, New Zealand[4] and attended Rotorua Intermediate.[5] He started training in kickboxing at age 18 after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak and went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32-0 prior to moving and fighting in China.[6][7]

At the age of 21, Adesanya relocated to Auckland, New Zealand and began training at City Kickboxing with other established fighters such as Kai Kara-France and Dan Hooker.[8]

Mixed martial arts career

Early 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.[9]

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.[10] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[11] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[12]

Adesanya's next fight was scheduled on April 14, 2018 against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29.[13] He won the fight via split decision.[14]

Adesanya faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[15] Adesanya won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[16] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[18] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[19] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[20]

Adesanya faced Anderson Silva on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[23]

Adesanya is expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[24]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • CombatPress.com
    • 2018 Breakout Fighter of the Year[31]
  • MMADNA.nl
    • 2018 Rising Star of the Year.[32]

Kickboxing

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (knees and 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 Kenan Song 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

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Kickboxing record

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing career

Prize-fighting tournaments

Adesanya began his professional boxing career in November 2014 against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann.[39] He was granted one of two wildcards to enter the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament.[40] The event was headlined by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.[41] He suffered a controversial loss via unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.[42]

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.[43] 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

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
6 Win 5–1 New Zealand Zane Hopman UD 3 3 Nov 2015 New Zealand SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand
5 Win 4–1 New Zealand Lance Bryant UD 3 3 Nov 2015 New Zealand SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand
4 Win 3–1 United States Brian Minto SD 4 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
3 Win 2–1 New Zealand Lance Bryant MD 3 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
2 Win 1–1 New Zealand Asher Derbyshire KO 2 (3) 28 Mar 2015 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand
1 Loss 0–1 Australia Daniel Ammann UD 3 22 Nov 2014 New Zealand North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

See also

References

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  2. "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: October 2017". combatpress.com.
  3. "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  4. "'It's go time' for Kiwi Israel Adesanya as he finally arrives in the UFC". NZ Stuff. 2018-02-10. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  5. "The pain behind Israel Adesanya's rise to the UFC". Sporting News. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  6. "Israel 'The Last Style Bender' Adesanya : Glory Fighter". Glory Kickboxing. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  7. Reive, Christopher (2018-02-20). "MMA: Israel Adesanya was bullied as a child - now he's a New Zealand fight sensation". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  8. Malili, Faleatua (2018-08-10). "'I'm going to do great things' - Kiwi fighter Israel Adesanya's amazing journey from Whanganui to the UFC". 1 News Now. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  9. Sherdog.com. "Israel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  10. "Undefeated prospect Israel Adesanya makes UFC debut against Rob Wilkinson in Perth". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  11. "UFC 221 results: Israel Adesanya takes out Rob Wilkinson with TKO in UFC debut". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  12. "UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  13. "Top prospect Israel Adesanya returns against Marvin Vettori at UFC on FOX 29". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  14. "UFC on FOX 29 results: Israel Adesanya stays unbeaten despite late charge from Marvin Vettori". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  15. Staff (2018-04-30). "Brad Tavares vs Israel Adesanya headlines The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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  18. Shaun Al-Shatti (2018-08-03). "Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya slated for UFC 230". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  19. "UFC 230 Results: Israel Adesanya finishes Derek Brunson in Round 1 | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
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  22. "UFC 234 results: Israel Adesanya stays unbeaten, outpoints game Anderson Silva". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
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  36. http://muaythaiauthority.com/wlf-glory-heroes-2016-results/
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  38. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6iK7AifPTE
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  40. Liam Napier (1 November 2014). "Israel Adesanya into Super8 bout on wildcard". Stuff. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  41. "Cameron gets thumbs up to fight". New Zealand Herald. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  42. "SUPER 8: Kali Meehan vs Shane Cameron". VS LIVE. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  43. Jack Salter (28 March 2015). "Boxing: Fighters talk up their chances ahead of tournament". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
Awards and achievements
Vacant
Title next held by
TY Williams
2nd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
30 August 2014 – 11 April 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant 3rd King in the Ring Cruiserweight Champion
11 April 2015 – 17 November 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Slava Alexeichik
Vacant
Title next held by
Antz Nansen
3rd King in the Ring Heavyweight Champion
31 October 2015 – 30 June 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Carlos Ulberg


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