Israel Adesanya Net Worth
Israel Adesanya is a professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer from New Zealand who has a net worth of $4 million. He competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Israel Adesanya has won several championships throughout his career. A mixed martial artist, he participates in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and he has also competed as a kickboxer, where he was a previous challenger for the Glory Middleweight Championship. He is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers in mixed martial arts, and he won the UFC Middleweight Championship belt earlier this year.
Israel Adesanya Starting Life
Israel Adesanya was born on July 22, 1989, in Lagos, Nigeria, to accountant Oluwafemi and nurse Taiwo Adesanya. He is the oldest of their five children. While growing up, he attended Chrisland School in Opebi, where he was a member of the Taekwondo team.
In 1999, Adesanya and his family relocated to Ghana, where they remained for a total of 10 months. They then relocated to Rotorua, New Zealand, where they settled. Adesanya continued his education at Rotorua Boys’ High School.
He then went on to study computer design at the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui, where he received his bachelor’s degree. Around this time, Adesanya made the decision to begin training in kickboxing, and he ultimately decided to drop out of college in order to pursue a professional career in the sport.
Israel Adesanya Career Starting
Adesanya began his kickboxing career with tremendous success, amassing a 32-0 record before deciding to pursue a professional career. He continued to put in tremendous work as a professional, winning the first seven fights he entered in his career.
In 2016, Adesanya competed in the Glory Middleweight Contender Event, where he advanced to the finals after defeating Robert Thomas in the semifinals. He went on to win the tournament by split decision against Yousri Belgaroui in the finals. A few months later, in Los Angeles, he squared off against Jason Wilnis for the Glory Middleweight Championship, which he ultimately lost in what was considered a rather dubious unanimous decision.
Adesanya fought in his final kickboxing fight, which ended in a knockout defeat against Alex Pereira at Glory of Heroes 7. It was Adesanya’s final kickboxing battle, and it was his final loss.
Israel Adesanya Mixed Martial Arts Career
Adesanya made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2012, defeating James Griffiths via technical knockout. After claiming another TKO victory over John Vake, Adesanya decided to take a two-year break from mixed martial arts.
In 2015, he returned to the ring and recorded another another TKO, this fight against Song Kenan. Adesanya began his professional career competing mostly on the Chinese and Oceanian circuits, where he amassed an early 8-0 record. A few months later, at UFC 221 in 2018, he made his professional MMA debut against Rob Wilkinson.
Adesanya eventually won the battle by technical knockout and was awarded his first Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. The following fight, at UFC on Fox 29, was against Marvin Vettori, in which he was victorious by split decision.
Following that, Adesanya won another Game of the Night award after defeating Brad Tavares by unanimous decision a couple of months later. Adesanya went on to have further success later in the year, defeating Derek Brunson at UFC 230 in December. He defeated Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 234 in January of this year.
Adesanya was matched against Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 236 in April of this year. Adesanya was victorious by unanimous decision in the exciting, back-and-forth bout between the two fighters. Later in the year, at UFC 243, he defeated Robert Whittaker to win the UFC Middleweight Championship for the first time.
The following fight was against Yoel Romero at UFC 248 in March 2020, which Adesanya won by unanimous decision, making it the first time he has successfully defended his championship. A technical knockout victory against the previously unbeaten Paulo Costa gave him the opportunity to continue defending his belt at UFC 253.
With his weight class increasing in 2021, Adesanya battled Jan Bachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which he ultimately lost in his first ever mixed martial arts defeat. After that, he won a rematch with Marvin Vettori for the Middleweight Championship at UFC 263, putting him back on track. In 2022, Adesanya successfully defended his championship by defeating Robert Whittaker in a rematch at UFC 271 in Las Vegas.
Israel Adesanya Boxing Career
When Adesanya first began his professional boxing career in late 2014, he was awarded a wildcard to compete as a cruiserweight in the Super 8 Boxing Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, where he placed second. In his bout, he was defeated by Australian champion Daniel Ammann by unanimous decision, which was met with controversy.
The next year, Adesanya re-entered the Super 8 Tournament and won his first professional fight against Asher Derbyshire in his second appearance. He went on to defeat Lance Bryant in the tournament’s second bout, and then defeated Brian Minto in the final to claim the title. At the Super 8 Boxing Tournament IV, held later in the year, Adesanya successfully defended his cruiserweight championship by defeating Zane Hopman in the semifinals and Lance Bryant in the final.
Israel Adesanya Personal Life
Adesanya enjoys dancing in addition to his professional fighting career, and he has competed in several dance contests in New Zealand before pursuing a professional fighting career. The “Last Stylebender” is a reference to the anime-inspired cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and he is also a huge fan of manga and anime-inspired animation programmes. After his fighting career comes to an end, Adesanya has stated that he would like to start an anime production studio.
Adesanya became the first mixed martial arts athlete to sign a sponsorship agreement with Puma in 2020. In the beginning of 2021, he also acted as an ambassador for Stake.com.
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