Israel Adesanya Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo, popularly known as Israel Adesanya; is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer with multiple championships in all three disciplines. 

Adesanya is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a mixed martial artist; where he is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. He is the #3 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound ranking.

Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya

With a professional boxing record of 5 wins, a kickboxing record of 75 wins, and a mixed martial arts record of 23 wins; Israel Adesanya, called “The Last Stylebender,” is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts.

Over the weekend, the Lagos-born kickboxer successfully defended his crown for the fifth time; with a dominant five-round unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) win over Jared Cannonier, retaining the belt in New Zealand. With an aggressive second round and an equal third round; Adesanya was able to nullify Cannonier’s attack with strikes in the fifth round, turning the challenger into an ineffective aggressor. 

Adesanya has continued to make Nigeria proud in his career even as he has extended his winning streak to 12-0. These and more are why he is Glazia’s man of the week. 

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