Israel Adesanya vs Kamaru Usman

Israel Adesanya vs Kamaru Usman: Wins, Titles, Age and more

Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman are the two most popular MMA artists in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). They have a few things in common. Join us as we explore the personal life and career of these two UFC champions, delving into their early life, records, titles, and every other factors that make them stand out in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Let’s get down to business!

Brief Overview of Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman

Israel Adesanya, popularly known as The Last Stylebender, is a Nigerian-New Zealander professional MMA fighter and kickboxer. He was born on July 22, 1989, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Stylebender fights out of Auckland, New Zealand, with kickboxing.

Israel Adesanya

He presently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division and has earned two championships. Also, he is #11 in the Men’s Pound-for-Pound Top Rank and #2 in the middleweight athlete rankings of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

On the other hand, Kamaru Usman is a Nigerian-American professional MMA fighter nicknamed The Nigerian Nightmare. He was born in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria, on May 11, 1987. Kamaru fights out of Denver, Colorado, USA, and is a former freestyle wrestler.

Kamaru Usman

As of the time of writing this post, he competes in the UFC Middleweight division and is #1 in UFC rankings. He is a one-time UFC Welterweight Champion.

Related: List of Nigerian Fighters in the UFC.

Background and Early Life

Israel Adesanya: The Stylebender

The Stylebender is the firstborn among five children born by an accountant, Oluwafemi and nurse, Taiwo. He attended Chrisland High School in Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos state, where he was part of a Taekwondo club.

Israel Adesanya lived in Ghana for ten months with his family. They later moved to Rotorua, New Zealand, because his parents wanted their children to have a better higher education institution.

He got admission at the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui, New Zealand, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Design.

Israel Adesanya UFC MMA

Kamaru Usman: The Nigerian Nightmare

Kamarudeen is one of the three sons of a major in the Nigerian Army and teacher. He is Mohammed Usman’s brother, who is also a MMA fighter. The Usman family subsequently had to move to Dallas, Texas, when their father became a pharmacist in the US.

Kamaru attended Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, and William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa. Not long after, he transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).

Kamaru Usman UFC


Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman are Mixed Martial Artists in different teams. Kamaru Usman is a member of ONX Sports, a team owned by an American boxing and mixed martial arts coach, Trevor Wittman.

On the other hand, Israel Adesanya was part of the City Kickboxing team, based in Auckland, NZ.

Fighting style

Israel Adesanya’s fighting style is kickboxing, comprising of both boxing and kicking techniques from karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and other martial arts. On the contrary, Kamaru Usman’s fighting style is wrestling.


Israel is a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), whereas Kamaru is a Black belt in BJJ. Black belts are more superior to Purple belt ranking.

Titles – Israel Adesanya vs Kamaru Usman

The following are Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman’s titles in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC):

Israel Adesanya

  • April 8 – September 10, 2023 – 13th UFC Middleweight Champion
  • October 6 – November 12, 2022 – 11th UFC Middleweight Champion
  • April 13 – October 6, 2019 – 2nd UFC Interim Middleweight Champion

Kamaru Usman

  • #1 Welterweight Champion

Weight Class

Even though Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman are both Mixed Martial Artists, they compete in different divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Israel is a Light Heavyweight MMA fighter, while Kamaru competes in the Middleweight division.

The table below illustrates their height and weight:

 Israel AdesanyaKamaru Usman
Height6” 4“ (1.93 m)6” 0” (1.83 m)
Weight185 lbs (84 kg)185 lbs (84 kg)

MMA Match Records – Israel Adesanya vs Kamaru Usman

Israel Adesanya has competed in more fights and won more MMA match than Kamaru Usman. While Kamaru Usman has fought in 24 professional matches, Israel Adesanya has competed in 27 matches.

Here’s their win and loss records:

 Israel AdesanyaKamaru Usman

Notable Awards and Achievements

Israel Adesanya

  • ×2 UFC Middleweight Champion
  • Interim UFC Middleweight Champion
  • ×6 Performance of the Night
  • ×2 Fight of the Night
  • 2018 Newcomer of the Year
  • 2018 Newcomer of the Year
  • 2019 April Fight of the Month
  • 2019 Fight of the Year
  • 2019 Male Fighter of the Year
  • 2023 April Knockout of the Month
  • 2023 Knockout of the Year

Kamaru Usman

  • 2021 Male Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 Mixed Martial Arts Most Valuable
  • 2021 Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 Knockout of the Year
  • 2019 December Fight of the Month
  • 2021 February Fight of the Month
  • 2021 April Knockout of the Month

Wrap Up

Having learned about Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman in this article, you will discover that both of them are champions in their respective UFC divisions. Kindly share this post with anyone you know is an MMA fan. Thanks for reading!

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