On July 22, 1989, Isreal Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya popularly known in UFC, martial world and in the whole world as “the last Stylebender” was born in Lagos. His parents Femi and Taiwo were accountant and nurse respectively. However, young Israel, at the age of 10 was relocated to New Zealand in order to have a better education along side with his other five siblings. He attended Rotorua Boys high School, where he was bullied as a young boy; it is in this action that Israel decided to pursue his long time dream, martial arts.
At 18, he was inspired by Muay Thai, a deadly combat that flourished in Thailand. He already learnt kickboxing, and recorded unbeaten before moving to china to prove the world wrong. Israel has always dreamt to be on top of the world. At 21, he returned to Auckland, New Zealand where he began and was established as MMA fighter at city kickboxing under Eugene Bareman. After his thirty-third uninterrupted victory in career, Israel became the topic of fame and signed for the “last man standing”, where he was undefeated.
Israel became fearless and dangerous when it comes to fighting. In April, 2019, the Nigerian fighter became the champion after unanimously beating Kelvin Gastelum, a fight which earned him “fight of night award”. On 6th October, 2019, the young fighter faced Robert Whittaker in a title match. Israel knocked his opponent out making him undisputed UFC middleweight champion of the world.
Furthermore, in March 7, 2020, young Israel faced the great Yoel Romero in defense of his championship. In defending his unbeaten and undisputed championship, he beat Romero and won using unanimous decision. Israel Adesanya is actually the topic of discussion in the whole of Auckland city and in New Zealand at large when it comes to UFC middleweights’ champion. Israel is the pride of Nigeria. His restless efforts have equally transcended him beyond the reach of everyone.
Right now the 31 year old fighter is still single and focusing on his career even though he is known for his private life. Israel measures 6 feet in height and 4 inches, 84kilos in weight, and a reach of 80inches.
It is obvious that, no matter how bad and corrupt a nation is, there must be a saint within. All must not run after quick wealth. You can decide to build your own future legally without stain and still uphold the dignity of the country. Israel Adesanya is really making the Nigeria proud.