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.

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Israel Adesanya Relationship

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

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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.

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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

Height193 cm

6 ft 4 in

Weight91 kg

201 lbs

Reach80 in

203 cm

Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack

Israel Adesanya Wiki/Bio

NameIsrael Adesanya
Full NameIsrael Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya
NicknameThe Last Stylebender
Date of Birth22nd July 1989
BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria
NationalityNew Zealander


Zodiac SignCancer
ProfessionMixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer, and Boxer
EducationChrisland School, The Bells Secondary School, Rotorua High School, and Universal College of Learning in Whanganui
  • Father: Femi Adesanya
  • Mother: Taiwo Adesanya
SiblingsDeborah Adesanya, Samuel Adesanya, David Adesanya, and Bolu Adesanya

Israel Adesanya Records

Win23-1Jared CannonierDecision(unanimous)UFC 2762/07/2022
Win22-1Robert WhittakerDecision (unanimous)UFC 27112/02/2022
Win21-1Marvin VettoriDecision (unanimous)UFC 26312/06/2021
Loss20-1Jan BlachowiczDecision (unanimousUFC 25906/03/2021
Win20-0Paula CostaTKO(punches and elbows)UFC 25327/09/2020
Win19-0Yoel RomeroDecision (unanimous)UFC 24807/03/2020
Win18-0Robert WhittakerKO (punches)UFC 243October 6, 2019
Win17-0Kelvin GastelumDecision (unanimous)UFC 236April 13, 2019
Win16-0Anderson SilvaDecision (unanimous)UFC 234February 10, 2019
Win15-0Derek BrunsonTKO (knees and punches)UFC 230November 3, 2018
Win14-0Brad TavaresDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated FinaleJuly 6, 2018
Win13-0Marvin VettoriDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs GaethjeApril 14, 2018
Win12-0Rob WilkinsonTKO (punches)UFC 221February 11, 2018
Win11-0Stuart DareKO (head kick)Hex Fighting Series 12November 24, 2017
Win10-0Melvin GuillardTKO (punches)Australia Fighting Championship 20July 28, 2017
Win9-0Murad KuramagomedovTKO (punches)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 4May 28, 2016
Win8-0Andrew Flores SmithTKO (corner stoppage)The glory of Heroes 2May 7, 2016
Win7-0Debir ZagirovTKO (punches)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 2March 13, 2016
Win6-0Vladimir KatykhinTKO (doctor stoppage)Wu Lin Feng: E.P.I.C. 1January 13, 2016
Win5-0Gele QingTKO (elbows)Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. ChinaSeptember 19, 2015
Win4-0Maui TuigamalaTKO (body kick)Fair Pay Fighting 1September 5, 2015
Win3-0Song KenanTKO (punches)The Legend of Emei 3August 8, 2015
Win2-0John VakeTKO (punches)Shuriken MMA: Best of the BestJune 15, 2013
Win1-0James GriffithsTKO (punches)Supremacy Fighting Championship 9March 24, 2012

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