Israel Adesanya is one of the widely recognized middleweight UFC champions. He is well known for his exceptional striking skills in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
He was born on July 22, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. His father Oluwafemi Adesanya was an accountant. His father taught him lessons about money from his childhood. He completed his primary education in Nigeria. From his childhood days, he was into fighting. He had joined Taekwondo classes and he was really good in his skills.
His family was never in support of his son joining fighting classes to pursue a career in combat sports like MMA. His parents wanted him to complete his studies and join some other educational professions. However, now his parents are more than happy seeing their son as one of the greatest UFC fighters out there.
For his good education, his parents decided to move to New Zealand in 1999. He used to get bullied there by his friends for being black. However, he just ignored it, and just focused on his skills, his body, and his mindset, which helped to reach him where he is now.
Israel Adesanya is also a big fan of the anime characters, Naruto and Death Note. His moves are highly inspired by those anime characters. It can be seen in his behavior while he enters the octagon. This unique blend of his interests adds an entertaining and relatable persona that is admired by his fans. He is so fascinated with anime that he dreams of opening an animation production company after he retires from the UFC.
When he was 18 years old, he watched the movie “Ong Bak”, which was based on Muay Thai. That movie inspired him a lot to join combat sports. After that, he went to the gym to learn kickboxing. After 6 weeks of joining the gym, he got his first fight in kickboxing.
Israel Adesanya Age
Adesanya was born on July 22, 1989, in Nigeria. Now he has become 34 years old.
Israel Adesanya Height
He is 6 feet and 4 inches which equals 1.93 meters in height. His height and perfect blend of agility give him ease over his opponents, especially in the middleweight divisions of UFC.
Israel Adesanya Weight
According to the latest data, his weight is 185 pounds (84 kilograms).
Israel Adesanya Record
Israel Adesanya began his fighting journey in kickboxing and started creating amazing records at such a young age. He created a winning streak of 32-0 at just 18 years of age. This is the story of a young Nigerian boy started, who wanted to become a young passionate kickboxer.
Israel Adensay has a breath-warming record of winning 24 UFC matches and losing only 2 of 26 matches. He lost a UFC fight against Alex Pereira on November 12, 2022, and lost another match against John Blachwicz on March 6, 2021. He has maintained a good punch accuracy rate, and his defense was awesome throughout the season.
Out of 24 wins in UFC, he won 16 matches with direct knockouts and 8 with decisions. This shows how quickly he gets over his opponents and throws them to the mouth of defeat.
He is a well-rounded fighter with the ability to adapt to various situations and handle any opponent. Firstly he beat his opponents with IQ and knocked them out with his powerful punches.
Also, he has played 6 matches in Boxing, won 5 out of 6, and lost only 1. Throughout his kickboxing journey(2010 to 2017), he played 78 matches, won 74 out of them, and lost only 4 matches which is a dream record for any fighter.
Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira
Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira had a rivalry from back to their days of kickboxing. Eventually, the rivalry spilled over into the realm of UFC.
Let me explain how the rivalry between these beasts started. Back then, Alex Pereira was a “future Glory Middleweight Champion.” He was one of the toughest opponents for any boxer to fight with. Israel Adesanya was also a big performer from the initial days of his kickboxing career. Interestingly, whenever Adesanya faced Alex Pereira, he often found himself in a challenging position where Pereira seemed to dominate him.
During their kickboxing days, they crossed paths in the ring only twice. The first fight between them was at the Glory of Heroes I tournament in 2016. Alex Pereira won over Alex Adesanya by a unanimous decision in the three rounds.
Adesenya had a good winning streak against his opponents. However, this fight broke the winning streak of Adesanya.
They faced off again, a year later at the Glory of Heroes 7 tournament. This was also Adesanya’s last kickboxing match. In the first round, Adesanya was doing really well. Fans thought he would knock down Pereira in the first round. But it didn’t happen. In the second round, Pereira brought down Adesanya with his signature left hook move within 40 seconds of the round. This defeat was humiliating for Adesanya. He was instantly given an oxygen kit as he was unconscious from the war of Pereira.
At that time, he had 74 wins and only 4 losses in kickboxing. After that match, Adesanya decided to end his kickboxing career and shift to MMA. He started his MMA career in 2017 by fighting against James Griffin.
Addisanya was performing well in MMA and at the same time Alex Pereira also joined the MMA. Fans were waiting for these rivals to fight again in a new ring with the same old energy.
So, the moment again came when these two rivals were fighting again. They were going to encounter each other twice in the UFC.
Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira UFC Encounter
The first UFC match of UFC was on November 13, 2022. They fought after years of revenge, and they were ready to face each other again. They were fighting for the title of new UFC middleweight champion inside Madison Square Garden. It was a competitive match though, but in the end, Alex Pereira knocked down Adesanya in the fifth round of the match. Again a disappointing moment for Adesanya.
Again they fought for the second time in UFC on April 9, 2023, in Miami, Florida. Finally, Adesanya knocked out Alex Pereira in the second round with the punches and got his first victory against his rival. After winning this thrilling match, Adesanya was out of mind and was seen as happiest at the movement. He was showing some of his awesome dance moves and celebration styles. He got the title of Middleweight UFC Champion. Finally, some peaceful moments for Adesanya and his fans.
Israel Adesanya Next Match
Israel Adesanya is scheduled to fight against Sean Strickland in a main event of UFC on September 10. This is going to be the top fight between the two middleweight champions.
The fight is going to be fascinating as his 31-year-old opponent Sean Strickland has a record of winning 27 matches out of 29(27-5-0). Sean is a former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion. Currently, he is in the 5th position in UFC middleweight rankings.
Israel Adesanya Net Worth
According to reports, Israel Adesanya has a net worth of more than $10 million. Adesanya earns around $200,000 to $1.5 million from each UFC match. Not only from the octagon ring, he also earns from brand sponsorships and advertisements.
He and his manager, Ash Belcastro, have built a brand named ENGAGE, where they sell merchandise, fight gears, and wear.
Also, Israel Adesanya is the brand ambassador of MyProtein, which is a company that sells nutrition products and clothing accessories primarily to athletes and bodybuilders.
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Israel Adesanya Girlfriend
Currently, it is rumored that Israel Adesanya is dating the 33-year-old Australian model and entrepreneur Shana Evers, an ex-wife of internet personality and NFT investor Sam Ratumaitavuki. She is an investor and also the founder of an animation company called “Women in Meta”.
Israel Adesanya has broken up with his ex-girlfriend Charlotte Powdrell. His ex-girlfriend has taken legal action against him. She allegedly demanded half of his property despite not being legally married.
The reason for their breakup came to the public when Israel Adensaya posted the screenshot of their conversation on his social media page. The reason for their breakup was that his girlfriend made him spend money on her. Also, her involvement in his personal life might have been the reason for their separation.
|34 years old
|6 ft 4 inches (1.93 meters)
|185 pounds(84 kilograms)
|Country of Origin
|Source of Wealth
|UFC contracts, Brand Promotions
|Instagram, Twitter, Facebook