Israel Adesanya Biography, UFC, Family, Height and Net Worth

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 Who is Israel Adesanya?

Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya is a famous Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer with many championships in all 3 disciplines. As a mixed martial artist, Adesanya currently competes in the Middleweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In the UFC, Adesanya is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title, challenger. Adesanya is No. 2 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of August 23, 2022. He is widely considered among the best strikers in mixed martial arts, both offensively and defensively. Adesanya has never been knocked down in the UFC.

Israel Adesanya Career

Professional kickboxing career

Early beginnings

Adesanya won the first fight of his 7-fight winning streak, beating Tim Antonio by unanimous decision in May 2010. He then won his following six bouts, fighting almost exclusively with Wu Lin Feng in China. Adesanya’s winning streak earned him a place in the 2014 Kunlun Fight 80 kg tournament, held during Kunlun Fight 2. He later lost the semifinal fight against Simon Marcus by an extra-round split decision. Afterward, he made his Glory debut at Glory 15, when he fought Filip Verlinden. Filip won the bout by unanimous decision. The two fighters fought a rematch at Glory of Heroes 3, two years following their first bout, with Adesanya winning a unanimous decision.

He took part in the King in the Ring Cruiserweights II tournament of the regional circuit in New Zealand. In the quarterfinals, Adesanya defeated Slava Alexeichik by a unanimous decision. In the semifinal, he defeated Pati Afoa by knockout and won the tournament with a knockout of Jamie Eades. After six months, he participated in the 2015 Cruiserweights III tournament. Adesanya scored technical knockouts of Kim Loudon and Mark Timms in the quarterfinal and semifinal fights respectively. This was before winning the tournament for the second time with a first-round knockout of Pati Afoa.

He then took part in 2015 The Heavyweights III after moving up in weight. Adesanya beat Nase Foai by TKO in the quarterfinal and Dan Roberts by KO in the semifinal prior to facing Jamie Eades in the finals. The duo had previously met in the final of the 2014 Cruiserweight tournament, and Adesanya won the tournament final via unanimous decision.

Glory Middleweight Championship

Israel won five of his following six fights, consisting of wins against Yousri Belgaroui and Bogdan Stoica. His defeat came at the hands of future GLORY Middleweight champion Alex Pereira, who won by unanimous decision. He then took part in the 2016 Glory Middleweight Contender Tournament. Adesanya beat Robert Thomas by a unanimous decision in the semifinals and won the tournament with a split decision win against Yousri Belgaroui. Adesanya faced Jason Wilnis for the Glory Middleweight championship at Glory 37: Los Angeles. Jason won the bout by unanimous decision although the result was considered controversial. Adesanya’s last kickboxing bout, prior to transitioning to mixed martial arts, was a rematch with Alex Pereira at Glory of Heroes 7. Alex won the bout by knockout, following dropping Adesanya with a short left hook in the third round.

Professional mixed martial arts career

Early career

In 2012, Israel made his professional debut with a TKO win over James Griffins. He then scored another TKO victory against John Vake, before taking a two-year break from mixed martial arts. He came back to MMA in August 2015, when he won a bout against Song Kenan by TKO. Adesanya continued to gain an 8-0 record, fighting mostly in Oceanian and Chinese circuits. Within his run, he earned the AFC Middleweight Championship at Australia Fighting Championship 20 with a first-round TKO against Melvin Guillard. He also won the Hex Fight Series Middleweight championship with a first-round KO of Stuart Dare.

A photo of Israel Adesanya
A photo of Israel Adesanya

How old is Israel Adesanya?

Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya was born on July 22, 1989, in Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently aged 33 years. He shares his birthday with celebrities including Selena Gomez, Alex Trebek, Shawn Michaels, Keegan Allen, David Spade, AJ Cook, Laura Clery, Shannon Taylor, Danny Glover, Alisha Newton, Jaden Walton, Jamie Camil, Keith Sweat, and many more.

Israel Adesanya Family

Who are Israel Adesanya’s parents?

Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Oluwafemi Adesanya and Taiwo Adesanya. His father is an accountant, while his mother is a nurse. The family moved to Ghana for 10 months in 1999, and later to Rotorua, New Zealand to receive a well-recognized higher education at the age of 10.

Does Israel Adesanya have siblings?

Adesanya was born to his parents into a family of five children and has four younger siblings. He has two sisters Bolu Adesanya and Deborah Adesanya, and two brothers Samuel Adesanya and David Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya Education

Adesanya attended Rotorua Boy’s High School in Rotorua, New Zealand, where he was bullied and attributed the mistreatment to his decision to pursue martial arts later in life. After high school, he joined the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui to study for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Design. Two years later he decided to end his studies to pursue a career in kickboxing.

Israel Adesanya Interests

Adesanya began training in kickboxing at the age of 18, after inspiration from the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. He trained in Auckland in mixed martial arts under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing. Adesanya is also multilingual and is fluent in Nigerian Pidgin, Yoruba, and English. Prior to his fighting career, he regularly competed in dance competitions across New Zealand and highlighted his passion for dance in a choreographed walkout at UFC 243.

Adesanya is a huge fan of anime and has said he would like to begin an anime production company following his retirement from fighting. He also has a tattoo on his forearm of an image of one of the characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Toph Beifong. Adesanya has a nickname from the show ”The Last Stylebender”. He became the first mixed martial arts athlete to sign a sponsorship deal with Puma in September 2020. Adesanya was signed as an ambassador for Stake.com in January 2021.

Israel Adesanya Partner

Adesanya is currently single and not married, although he has been linked to a previous relationship. He has kept his personal and love life very private and away from the limelight.

Israel Adesanya Children

Adesanya is currently not married and not in a relationship and does not have any children of his own to date.

Israel Adesanya Height

Adesanya has a muscular, athletic, and physically fit body with a standing height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) and a weight of 84 kg (185 lbs).

UFC

It was revealed that he had signed a deal with the UFC in December 2017. Adesanya made his debut against Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221, on February 11, 2018. He won the bout by technical knockout in the second round. This victory earned him the Performance of the Night bonus. His following bout took place against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29 on April 14, 2018. Adesanya won the match through a split decision. He went on to fight Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale on July 6, 2018. Adesanya won the one-sided bout by unanimous decision. This victory won him his second Performance of the Night award.

He then fought Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230. Adesanya won the bout by technical knockout in round one. The fight won him the third Performance of the Night award. While initially expected to serve as the co-main event, he fought former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on February 10, 2019, in the main event of UFC 234. Adesanya won the bout through a unanimous decision. The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night award.

UFC Middleweight Championship

Israel fought Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship in the co-main event of IFC 236, on April 13, 2019. He won the back-and-forth bout through a unanimous decision, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 48-46. The bout earned him the Fight of the Night award. It was widely regarded as the best bout of the year, receiving the nomination from most of the MMA news outlets. He then fought Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight, headlining UFC 243 for UFC Middleweight Championship on October 6, 2019. Following a knockout, in the last second of the first round, Israel won the bout by knockout in the second round. This victory granted him his 4th Performance of the Night award.

Adesanya fought three-time UFC title challenger Yoel Romero at UFC 248, on March 7, 2020. He then won the bout by unanimous decision, with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46, and defended his title for the first time. In his following title defense, he fought fellow undefeated fighter, Paulo Costa, at UFC 253, on September 27, 2020. This marked the first time two male unbeaten mixed martial artists met in a title fight since 2009. Adesanya won the bout by technical knockout in the second round. This victory won him his 5th Performance of the Night award. Following the bout, his visible right-breast gynecomastia drummed up controversy because of possible PEDs use, though he claimed it was because of his usage of marijuana. He also caused more controversy by simulating anal sex on the prone Costa at the conclusion of the bout.

2021-present

Israel moved up a weight class and fought Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship headlining UFC 259, on March 6, 2021. At the weight-ins, Adesanya weighed 200 pounds, 5 pounds away from the light heavyweight limit. He then lost the bout by unanimous decision, with scores of 49-46, 49-45, and 49-45, marking the first time he has been beaten in mixed martial arts. He then rematched Marvin Vettori for the UFC Middleweight Championship headlining UFC 263, on June 12, 2021. Adesanya controlled a majority of the bout winning by unanimous decision, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 50-45.

A rematch between him and Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight Championship took place at UFC 271, on February 12, 2022. He won the rematch by unanimous decision, with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46. Adesanya then fought Jared Cannonier at UFC 276, on July 2, 2022, winning the fight by unanimous decision. This victory granted him the Crypto.com Fan Bonus of the Night first place award which paid in bitcoin of US$30,000. He was expected to fight Alex Pereira at UFC 281, on November 12, 2022. Adesanya lost the bout to Pereira by technical knockout in the fifth round and also lost the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Professional boxing career

Prizefighting tournaments

He started his professional boxing career in November 2014 over two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann. He was then awarded one of two wildcards to join the inaugural cruiserweight Super 8 Boxing Tournament. The event was headlined by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Adesanya suffered a controversial loss by unanimous decision after he looked to have outpointed Ammann in the quarter-finals.

He then re-entered the Super 8 tournament in May 2015, held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. This was the second cruiserweight series with the winner earning $25,000 NZD and a new car. Adesanya won his first professional fight over fellow New Zealander Asher Derbyshire as the first seed. He knocked his opponent out in the second round. In the second bout of the tournament, he won a majority decision over Lance Bryant. In the tournament final, Adesanya beat Brian Minto by a split decision. He then fought in the 2015 Super 8 Cruiserweight tournament. Adesanya won his semifinal match over Zane Hopman by unanimous decision and defended the cruiserweight crown with a unanimous decision victory against Lance Bryant in the final.

Israel Adesanya Net Worth

Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer, Adesanya has been active from 2010 to the present. He is the current UFC Middleweight Champion in the UFC division and has amassed a net worth of around $4 million as of 2022.