Israel Adesanya Biography, Career, Debut, UFC, Records, Championship, Girlfriend, Parents, Family, Education, Net Worth, Wiki, Age, Height, And More

Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya popularly known as Israel Adesanya is a New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer

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Israel Adesanya Early Life

Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya was born on 22nd July 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria, the eldest of four siblings- Deborah Adesanya, Samuel Adesanya, David Adesanya, and Bolu Adesanya. His father, Oluwafemi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse.

In 1999, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognized higher education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand, at age 10.

At the age of 18, he started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and began training in mixed martial arts under Eugene Bareman at City Kickboxing.

Israel Adesanya with his family

Israel Adesanya Relationship

Israel is rumored to be dating Shana Evers, a 32-year-old Australian model.

Israel Adesanya with his girlfreind

Israel Adesanya Career

In 2012, Adesanya made his professional debut with a TKO win against James Griffiths. After taking a two-year hiatus from mixed martial arts. He returned to MMA in August 2015, when he won a fight against Song Kenan by TKO. During this run, he won the AFC Middleweight Championship as well as the Hex Fight Series Middleweight championship.

On 11th February 2018, he made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on 11 February 2018, at UFC 221. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.

On 10th February 2019, he faced former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, in the main event of UFC 234. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned both competitors the Fight of the Night award. On 13th April 2019, he faced Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship, in the co-main event of UFC 236.

Israel Adesanya career

On 6th October 2019, he faced Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout, headlining UFC 243 for UFC Middleweight Championship. Adesanya won the fight via knockout in the second round.

On 27th September 2020, Adesanya faced fellow undefeated fighter Paulo Costa at UFC 253. This marked the first time two male unbeaten mixed martial artists met in a title fight since 2009. He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.

On 6 March 2021, Adesanya moved up a weight class and faced Jan Błachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, headlining UFC 259.

On 12th February 2022, a rematch between Adesanya and Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight Championship took place at UFC 271. Adesanya won the rematch via unanimous decision.

On 12th November 2022, Adesanya fought his would-be sixth consecutive title defense against Alex Pereira, at UFC 281. Adesanya lost the fight and title via technical knockout in the fifth round, his first loss at middleweight.

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Israel Adesanya Education

Israel attended Chrisland School, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club. For higher education, he attended Rotorua Boys’ High School. He enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Design at the Universal College of Learning in Whanganui.

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Israel Adesanya Net Worth

Israel has a net worth of $5 million.

Israel Adesanya Net Worth

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Israel Adesanya Some Interesting Facts

  • Israel is fluent in Yoruba, Nigerian Pidgin, and English.
  • He was interested in Japanese anime such as Death Note, and the manga series Naruto.
  • Adesanya was frequently bullied while in high school, which informed his decision to take martial arts seriously later on in life.
  • Before taking up fighting, Adesanya regularly competed in dance competitions across New Zealand.

Israel Adesanya Some Interesting Facts

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Israel Adesanya Physical Stats

Height 193 cm

6 ft 4 in

Weight 91 kg

201 lbs

Reach 80 in

203 cm

Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black

Israel Adesanya Wiki/Bio

Name Israel Adesanya
Full Name Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya
Nickname The Last Stylebender
Date of Birth 22nd July 1989
Birthplace Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality New Zealander


Zodiac Sign Cancer
Style Kickboxing
Profession Mixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer, and Boxer
Education Chrisland School, The Bells Secondary School, Rotorua High School, and Universal College of Learning in Whanganui
  • Father: Femi Adesanya
  • Mother: Taiwo Adesanya
Siblings Deborah Adesanya, Samuel Adesanya, David Adesanya, and Bolu Adesanya

Israel Adesanya Records

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date
Win 23-1 Jared Cannonier Decision(unanimous) UFC 276 2/07/2022
Win 22-1 Robert Whittaker Decision (unanimous) UFC 271 12/02/2022
Win 21-1 Marvin Vettori Decision (unanimous) UFC 263 12/06/2021
Loss 20-1 Jan Blachowicz Decision (unanimous UFC 259 06/03/2021
Win 20-0 Paula Costa TKO(punches and elbows) UFC 253 27/09/2020
Win 19-0 Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) UFC 248 07/03/2020
Win 18-0 Robert Whittaker KO (punches) UFC 243 October 6, 2019
Win 17-0 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019
Win 16-0 Anderson Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 234 February 10, 2019
Win 15-0 Derek Brunson TKO (knees and punches) UFC 230 November 3, 2018
Win 14-0 Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale July 6, 2018
Win 13-0 Marvin Vettori Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs Gaethje April 14, 2018
Win 12-0 Rob Wilkinson TKO (punches) UFC 221 February 11, 2018
Win 11-0 Stuart Dare KO (head kick) Hex Fighting Series 12 November 24, 2017
Win 10-0 Melvin Guillard TKO (punches) Australia Fighting Championship 20 July 28, 2017
Win 9-0 Murad Kuramagomedov TKO (punches) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4 May 28, 2016
Win 8-0 Andrew Flores Smith TKO (corner stoppage) The glory of Heroes 2 May 7, 2016
Win 7-0 Debir Zagirov TKO (punches) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2 March 13, 2016
Win 6-0 Vladimir Katykhin TKO (doctor stoppage) Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1 January 13, 2016
Win 5-0 Gele Qing TKO (elbows) Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. China September 19, 2015
Win 4-0 Maui Tuigamala TKO (body kick) Fair Pay Fighting 1 September 5, 2015
Win 3-0 Song Kenan TKO (punches) The Legend of Emei 3 August 8, 2015
Win 2-0 John Vake TKO (punches) Shuriken MMA: Best of the Best June 15, 2013
Win 1-0 James Griffiths TKO (punches) Supremacy Fighting Championship 9 March 24, 2012

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