Israel Adesanya breaks through the UFC scene

Isaiah Garcia, Reporter

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The UFC is always on the look for young new prospects to bring to the company and usually have big plans for them and high expectations. Most times it doesn’t work out for the UFC because of how high level the competition is or because they just can’t break a certain level. One hot prospect who made it to the very top of the MMA world and have so much to the UFC is Conor McGregor but his time has passed as new prospects come in. The hottest new prospect the company has brought in this year is a middleweight contender with an unbeaten record of 15-0. He is Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya. With only four fights in the UFC he has broken through the top 10 and this past weekend beat the number 6 ranked fighter, Derek Brunson, by TKO in the first round. Many people didn’t believe he would win this past weekend because his opponent is a knockout artist whose very dangerous but Adesanya knew his striking was superior. Many people who are looked at from the sport of MMA said he past his test with flying colors but after his win over Brunson, he felt his fight was a B- and he could have done a lot better.


With very few fights in the company, it’s hard to say what is next for him after his win Saturday night Adesanya has told reporters that he would like to fight the winner on Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum for the Middleweight title who the now-champ, Whittaker, looks to defend his belt for the second time. The UFC president, Dana White, heard this comment from Adesanya and says he doesn’t want to push him too fast. He wants to take it easy on him because he is a prospect but all Adesanya had to say was that he didn’t want to be babied. He was the toughest opponent which is why he came to the UFC. Adesanya first started his fighting game in kickboxing where he is a Nigerian- New Zealander Native. He put a record of 32-0 and then went to China to make his pro-debut where, with no surprise, a pro-record of 11-0. These fights all come from kickboxing after he had signed with UFC last December, where most people don’t do as great as in the other in the company, but he has surprised a lot of people because he is still undefeated.


He is the only fighter who has remained unbeaten with all four fights this year. He has told a very well known reporter (Ariel Helwani) that next year he believes he will be the UFC Middleweight champion. He has been getting recognized by a lot of stars and many eyes are on this Middleweight contender and to see how he will progress through his career in the UFC. We cannot deny this fighter on what he deserved if his next fight is a title fight or not; we will know that he will show up and that he will deliver with a phenomenal performance, win or lose.


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