Israel Adesanya was born 22 July 1989, is a New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer and former boxer who holds multiple championships in all three disciplines. As a mixed martial artist, he currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former UFC middleweight champion. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory middleweight title contender.
As of November 14, 2022, he is ranked #1 in the UFC Middleweight Rankings and as of March 21, 2023, he is #5 in the UFC Men’s Pound Sterling Rankings.
Israel Adesanya Personal Life
Adesanya is an anime fan and has stated that he wants to start an anime production company after retiring from wrestling. His nickname “The Last Stylebender” refers to the anime-inspired comic series Avatar: The Last Airbender. On Adesanya’s arm is a tattooed image of Toph Beifong, one of the main characters of the series.
In September 2020, he became the first mixed martial arts athlete to sign a sponsorship deal with Puma. Adesanya was also signed as an ambassador for Stake.com in January 2021.
Israel Adesanya Education
Adesanya attended Chrisland School in Opeb and enrolled in its taekwondo after school until his mother withdrew him due to injury.
In 1999, he and his family moved to Ghana for 10 months, but as his parents wanted their children to receive a recognized tertiary education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at the age of 10 and attended Rotorua Boys’ High School. Adesanya had no interest in sports during high school; Instead, he became interested in Japanese anime such as Death Note and the manga series Naruto. Adesanya was bullied during high school and credits the abuse she experienced as the reason she decided to pursue martial arts later in life.
After graduating from high school, Adesanya enrolled at the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui for a Bachelor of Computer Engineering. At the age of 18, he started training in kickboxing after being inspired by the Muay Thai movie Ong-Bak.
Israel Adesanya Career
In May 2010, Adesanya won the first fight of his seven-fight winning streak, defeating Tim Atonio by unanimous decision. He won his next six fights, fighting almost exclusively Wu Lin Feng in China. His winning streak earned him a spot in the 2014 Kunlun Fight 80 kg tournament held during Kunlun Fight 2. He lost his semi-final match against Simon Marcus by extra round decision. Adesanya later made his Glory debut at Glory 15 when he faced Filip Verlinden. Verlinden won the match by unanimous decision. Two years after their first fight, they had a rematch at Glory of Heroes 3, where Adesanya won by unanimous decision.
Adesanya participated in the King of the Ring Cruiserweights II tournament of the regional circuit in New Zealand. In the quarterfinal, he beat Slava Alexeichik by unanimous decision, in the semifinal he beat Pati Afoa by knockout and won the tournament with a knockout of Jamie Eades.
Glory Middleweight Championship
Adesanya won five of his next six fights, including victories over Yousri Belgaroui and Bogdan Stoica. His loss came at the hands of future GLORY Middleweight champion Alex Pereira, who won by unanimous decision.
Adesanya began his professional boxing career in November 2014 against two-time Australian champion Daniel Ammann. He received one of two wildcards to enter the cruiserweight over 8 boxing tournaments. The event was hosted by Shane Cameron and Kali Meehan at the North Shore Events Center in Auckland, New Zealand. He suffered a controversial unanimous decision loss when he appeared to have the best of Ammann in the quarterfinals.
Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria, the eldest of five children. His father, Oluwafemi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse.
Currently, he is single and focusing on his career.
Israel Adesanya Net Worth
As of April 2023, Israel Adesanya has an estimated net worth of $4 million. He earned significant sums from his UFC fights, where he became a well-known fighter and former champion in his division. Adesanya also won several championships in kickboxing and MMA, adding to his wealth. Along with his fighting career, Adesanya also received sponsorships and endorsements from brands such as Puma and Engage.
Israel Adesanya’s Salary
According to reports, Israel Adesanya consistently earned more than $1 Million in his last five fights.
In his fight with Alex Pereira, Adesanya earned a massive paycheck of $2.6 Million, which included $2 Million in base salary, $600,000 in pay-per-view sales, and $42,000 in sponsorship deals.
Known Some Interesting Facts about Israel Adesanya
- Most recently, on October 06, 2019, Adesanya faced Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout.
- Israel Adesanya’s height is 193 cm (6 feet 4 inches tall) with a lean build.
- He weighs around 185 lbs (84 Kg) and maintains his physique by doing kickboxing workout sessions on a daily basis.
- In fact, the MMA fighter won the fight via knockout in the second round and became the undisputed UFC middleweight champion.
- On Instagram, Israel Mobolaji has an amazing fan-following with more than 1.8+ million followers.
- He usually posts on the platform about his daily lifestyle, event appearances, behind the scenes, fighting videos, some glimpses of his vacation trips, and much more.
|Real Full Birth Name||Israel Mobolaji Adesanya.|
|Nick name||The Last Stylebender.|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, and Internet Personality.|
|Famous for||being the UFC Middleweight Champion.|
|Age (As of 2023)||33 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||July 22, 1989.|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)||Cancer.|
|House In||Auckland, New Zealand.|
|Social Media Account Stats||Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stylebender/
|Style||Kickboxing and Boxing.|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm).|
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 6′ 4″.
Centimeters: 193 cm.
Meters: 1.93 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 84 Kg.
Pounds: 185 lbs.
|Body Measurements (Chest-waist-hips)||44-32-37.|
|Shoe Size (UK)||12.|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown.|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown.|
|Parents||Father: Femi Adesanya.
Mother: Taiwo Adesanya.
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Dating History?||Not disclosed by him.|
|Highest Qualification||High School Graduate.|
|School||1. Chrisland School.
2. Rotorua Boys’ High School.
|Alma Mater.||Not available.|
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