Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya: Age, Fighting Style, Match Wins, and more

Israel Adesanya is one of the most famous Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters born in Nigeria. Israel Adesanya is a Light Heavyweight MMA artist with a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He was the first MMA fighter to sign a sponsorship deal with Puma, one of the world’s largest sportswear manufacturer. In this article, you will learn everything about Israel Adesanya, including his age, fighting style, match wins, and more.

Who Is Israel Adesanya?

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and kickboxer. He was formerly a boxer and was able to win five fights professionally. Also known as The Stylebender, he fights out of Auckland, New Zealand, and competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division.

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As of the time of publishing this article, Israel Adesanya is 34 years old and would be 35 in 2024. He was born in July 22, 1989.

Personal life (Early/recent)

Israel Adesanya is the eldest of five children and was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He could speak multiple languages, such as English, Nigerian Pidgin, and Yoruba. His father, Femi was an accountant, while his mother, Taiwo, worked as a nurse. He attended Chrisland School, Lagos, where he was part of its Taekwondo club. Not long after, he had to leave after suffering an injury.

In 1999, he and his family moved to Ghana, where they stayed for ten months. They subsequently relocated to Rotorua, New Zealand. He then enrolled in Rotorua Boys’ High School but didn’t participate in sports throughout his study period. He was a die-hard fan of the manga series Naruto and the Japanese anime like Death Note. During his high school days, he experienced a lot of bully, making him decide to learn martial arts.

Israel attended the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui, New Zealand, where he earned a B.Sc. in Computer Design. He started kickboxing training when he clocked 18.

At about age 20, he decided to drop out of school to start a career in kickboxing. He relocated to Auckland, NZ, at 21 years old and joined an MMA training at City Kickboxing.

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Fighting Style

Israel Adesanya’s fighting style is kickboxing, which involves using both punches and kicks. It consists of full contact karate, Japanese kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Sanda, and Lethwei.

MMA Wins and Losses

Israel Adesanya has fought in 27 matches as of the time of publishing this article. He has currently won 24 matches (16 by knockout and eight by decision) and lost three matches (one by knockout and two by decision).

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Below is a comprehensive detail of how he reached this feat:

Match DateEventOpponentRecordMethodResult
March 24, 2012Supremacy Fighting Championship 9James Griffiths1–0TKO (punches)Won
June 15, 2013Shuriken MMA: Best of the BestJohn Vake2–0TKO (punches)Won
August 8, 2015The Legend of Emei 3Song Kenan3–0TKO (head kick)Won
September 5, 2015Fair Pay Fighting 1Maui Tuigamala4–0TKO (kick to the body)Won
September 19, 2015Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. ChinaGele Qing5–0TKO (elbows)Won
January 13, 2016Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1Vladimir Katykhin6–0TKO (doctor stoppage)Won
March 13, 2016Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2Dibir Zagirov7–0TKO (punches)Won
May 7, 2016Glory of Heroes 2Andrew Flores Smith8–0TKO (corner stoppage)Won
May 28, 2016Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4Murad Kuramagomedov9–0TKO (punches)Won
July 28, 2017AFC 20Melvin Guillard10–0TKO (punches)Won
November 24, 2017Hex Fight Series 12Stuart Dare11–0KO (head kick)Won
February 11, 2018UFC 221Rob Wilkinson12–0TKO (knees and punches)Won
April 14, 2018UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. GaethjeMarvin Vettori13–0Decision (split)Won
July 6, 2018The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated FinaleBrad Tavares14–0Decision (unanimous)Won
November 3, 2018UFC 230Derek Brunson15–0TKO (knees and punches)Won
February 10, 2019UFC 234Anderson Silva16–0Decision (unanimous)Won
April 13, 2019UFC 236Kelvin Gastelum17–0Decision (unanimous)Won
October 6, 2019UFC 243Robert Whittaker18–0KO (punches)Won
March 7, 2020UFC 248Yoel Romero19–0Decision (unanimous)Won
September 27, 2020UFC 253Paulo Costa20–0TKO (punches and elbows)Won
March 6, 2021UFC 259Jan Błachowicz20–1Decision (unanimous)Lost
June 12, 2021UFC 263Marvin Vettori21–1Decision (unanimous)              Won
February 12, 2022UFC 271Robert Whittaker22–1Decision (unanimous)Won
July 2, 2022UFC 276Jared Cannonier23–1Decision (unanimous)Won
November 12, 2022UFC 281Alex Pereira23–2TKO (punches)Lost
April 8, 2023UFC 287Alex Pereira24–2KO (punches)Won
September 10, 2023UFC 293Sean Strickland24–3Decision (unanimous)Lost

Awards and Achievements

Below are some of Israel Adesanya’s achievements and awards:

  • 2023 – Knockout of the Year
  • 2023 – April Knockout of the Month
  • 2019 – April Fight of the Month
  • 2019 – Male Fighter of the Year
  • 2019 – Fighter of the Year
  • 2018 – Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
  • 2018 – Newcomer of the Year
  • 2018 – Rising Star of the Year

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