Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya

Full NameIsrael Mobolaji Adesanya

BornJuly 22, 1989

Height6 ft 4 in

NationalityNigerian-New Zealander


Israel, "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya, is the current No.1 contender in the UFC middleweight division with a professional record of 23 wins and two losses. Israel is a former Glory Kickboxer and currently ranks #6 in the UFC Men's pound-for-pound rankings.

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Israel Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight title to Alex Pereira at UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira on November 11, 2022, at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Israel Adesanya at UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira

Despite losing his title to Pereira, Adesanya, during a recent interview with Andrew Schulz, claims he needs a rematch.


Early Life and Career

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya (born July 22, 1989) is a Nigerian-New Zealander professional Mixed Martial Artist. Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and started training in Kickboxing at 18 after watching the movie Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Adesanya relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, at age 21 and joined City Kickboxing.

Adesanya made his professional MMA debut in 2012 and went on an 11-fight-win streak wherein he captured the AFC Middleweight Championship and the Hex Fight Series Middleweight Championship before signing with the UFC.

Israel Adesanya UFC

Adesanya signed with the UFC in December 2017 and made his debut against Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221, which he won in the 2nd round via TKO. Israel would continue his winning ways in the UFC. It would go on a 5-fight-win streak in the promotion and defeat the likes of Anderson Silva before getting a UFC Interim Middleweight Championship match against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, which Adesanya would win via Unanimous Decision.

Israel fought Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to unify the UFC Middleweight Championship and Ko'ed Whittaker in the 2nd round to become the Undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion.

The Last Stylebender's only loss in MMA came at UFC 259, where he would face Jan Blachowicz for Blachowicz's UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship and lose via Unanimous Decision.

Adesanya then returned to Middleweight to defend his title against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. He would win the bout via Unanimous Decision and extend his title defense streak to 3 defenses.

Israel Adesanya Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Israel Adesanya:

Win23-1Jared CannonierDecision(unanimous)UFC 2762/07/2022
Win22-1Robert WhittakerDecision (unanimous)UFC 27112/02/2022
Win21-1Marvin VettoriDecision (unanimous)UFC 26312/06/2021
Loss20-1Jan BlachowiczDecision (unanimousUFC 25906/03/2021
Win20-0Paula CostaTKO(punches and elbows)UFC 25327/09/2020
Win19-0Yoel RomeroDecision (unanimous)UFC 24807/03/2020
Win18-0Robert WhittakerKO (punches)UFC 243October 6, 2019
Win17-0Kelvin GastelumDecision (unanimous)UFC 236April 13, 2019
Win16-0Anderson SilvaDecision (unanimous)UFC 234February 10, 2019
Win15-0Derek BrunsonTKO (knees and punches)UFC 230November 3, 2018
Win14-0Brad TavaresDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated FinaleJuly 6, 2018
Win13-0Marvin VettoriDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs GaethjeApril 14, 2018
Win12-0Rob WilkinsonTKO (punches)UFC 221February 11, 2018
Win11-0Stuart DareKO (head kick)Hex Fighting Series 12November 24, 2017
Win10-0Melvin GuillardTKO (punches)Australia Fighting Championship 20July 28, 2017
Win9-0Murad KuramagomedovTKO (punches)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4May 28, 2016
Win8-0Andrew Flores SmithTKO (corner stoppage)The glory of Heroes 2May 7, 2016
Win7-0Debir ZagirovTKO (punches)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2March 13, 2016
Win6-0Vladimir KatykhinTKO (doctor stoppage)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1January 13, 2016
Win5-0Gele QingTKO (elbows)Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. ChinaSeptember 19, 2015
Win4-0Maui TuigamalaTKO (body kick)Fair Pay Fighting 1September 5, 2015
Win3-0Song KenanTKO (punches)The Legend of Emei 3August 8, 2015
Win2-0John VakeTKO (punches)Shuriken MMA: Best of the BestJune 15, 2013
Win1-0James GriffithsTKO (punches)Supremacy Fighting Championship 9March 24, 2012

Israel Adesanya's most popular fights

Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

It astonished me what an entrance. Cannonier came out early, trying to move forward and close the distance, and Israel threw a lot of kicks. He looked fast and sharp per usual Cannonier here all night was trying to close the distance with no luck, and Israel seemed to be a little more aggressive that night, pressing action a little more and using his length very well. Israel all night was Landing some beautiful Jabs. Cannonier did have some moments in the fight getting Israel against the fans, but they can never do any damage. It's crazy that Izzy is barely breathing starting round four, guys. The real story of the night was the style of Bender's smooth movement using his Precision striking with the range that Cannonier had no answer for. Cannonier did have some moments against the cage with some clinch work but was never able to do much with it. Bender barely looked to have a scratch on him which is wild at this level. In a five-round fight, Israel at Azania defeats Jared Cannonier unanimously to retain that Middleweight.

Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya faced each other in a Middleweight title unification bout at the main event of UFC 243. The Last Stylebender would dominate the fight and knock out Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker in the second round to become the Undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion and extend his UFC win streak to 7 wins.

UFC 243 Whittaker v Adesanya
Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker at UFC 243

Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz

Israel Adesanya fought Blachowicz at UFC 259 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The Last Stylebender wanted to become a 2-division champion; however, he lost the bout to the much bigger Blachowicz, who outstruck Adesanya and dominated him on the ground. Israel lost the bout via Unanimous Decision and would return to Middleweight to defend his title against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.

UFC 259: Blachowicz v Adesanya
Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz at UFC 263

FAQs on Israel Adesanya

1. What type of fighter is Israel?

As a mixed martial artist, he currently competes in the Middleweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current No.1 contender in the UFC middleweight division. In Kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title, challenger.

2. How many rubies does Israel Adesanya have?

Israel Adesanya spoke of the fact that his belt has five rubies = a five-time defending champion

3. Who knocked out Izzy?

Alex Pereira

*Last updated on November 28, 2022.

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