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Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya (Full name: Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi) is a Nigerian born Mixed Martial artist who so far has 20 wins and 0 losses.

Israel was born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 22, 1989 to an accountant father and a mother who is a nurse. He has 4 younger siblings and he relocated to New Zealand because his parents wanted their children to have better education.

Due to being bullied a lot in High school, Israel’s interest in Martial art grew. He quit his studies in Computer design and began training in Mixed Martial art under Eugene Bareman.

Israel’s career started with Kickboxing and he won his first fight in 2010. He won his next six fights afterwards. He is versatile in Mixed Martial art, Kickboxing and boxing.

In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he has five ‘Performance of the night’ awards.

In his professional boxing record, out of 6 fights, he won 5 and lost only one. In Kickboxing, he’s had 80 fights, 75 wins and 5 losses. Meanwhile, in Mixed Martial art, he’s had 20 fights and won all.

In September 2020, he was ranked number 3 in UFC’s ‘Men’s pound for pound rankings’. His is known as one of the best strikers globally in Mixed Martial art.

Currently, he is signed to UFC (Ultimate fighting championship) where is the Middleweight Champion.

He is a fan of Japanese Anime and has a tattoo of one of the characters on his forearm

His nickname is ‘The last Stylebender’ after Avatar’s ‘The last airbender’

Israel Adesanya speaks Pidgin English, Yoruba and English fluently.

He is on Instagram and Twitter @stylebender or Israel Adesanya

Click here to check out his profile and ranking

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