Why, Israel Adesanya went to the coolest Kid in UFC…


In 2018, Israel Adesanya made his presence felt in the UFC. In 2019, he made the jump from rising star to the sport’s elite class.

For that reason, Adesanya is The Body Lock’s 2019 Fighter of the Year.

Adesanya was coming off of a year that saw him rise from relative unknown in the sport of MMA to UFC contender. Entering the promotion at 11-0 in professional MMA, he strung together four wins in 2018 from February to November, his competition level increasing gradually as each fight passed.

By the end of 2018, Adesanya was viewed as a legitimate contender in the middleweight division. His striking wowed crowds, and his charisma both inside and outside of the cage became a focal point of his being.

Of course, he was subjected to plenty of criticism, largely stemming from those who believed his impressive victories should be attributed to facing lesser competition above all else.

Well, in 2019, Adesanya did his best to silence those doubters.

His year started off in an unlikely and unforeseen pay-per-view main event slot. Then-champion Robert Whittaker was forced out of his title bout with Kelvin Gastelum hours beforehand because of a hernia and collapsed bowel, so Adesanya’s co-main event bout with his idol Anderson Silva served as the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia.

In what was viewed as a passing of the torch bout, the two strikers dazzled through three rounds and the youth emerged victorious by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 2x).

With Gastelum watching in the crowd — Henry Cejudo’s UFC title belt in hand — Adesanya called his next shot.

“Kelvin, put that belt down. Seriously,” Adesanya said in his post-fight interview with Jon Anik.

Two months later, the two middleweight contenders would enter the Octagon together, vying for the interim middleweight strap in the Co-Main event of UFC 236.

Adesanya and Gastelum put on a Fight of the Year contender which saw both fighters badly hurt at times in the bout. Ultimately, it was Adesanya who left with the belt and his perfect record intact after earning a unanimous decision victory (48-46 3x), setting up a title unification bout with Whittaker.

For the first time in his UFC career, Adesanya had some time off. After going to war with Gastelum, he had nearly six months before challenging for the undisputed title.

Once he stepped into the cage, though, Adesanya showed no signs of rust.

The interim champion put together one of the most dominant performances of his MMA career against his toughest competition yet. Adesanya wasted no time unloading his offense on Whittaker, and after just one round, it was clear that the champion was in danger.

In the next round, the changing of the guard was solidified.

Adesanya uncorked a left hand that sent Whittaker stumbling to the floor once again, and all it took was two ground and pound strikes for referee Marc Goddard to step in and stop the fight.

The victory capped off a perfect 3-0 year for Adesanya. He now enters 2020 with a role change yet again, becoming the hunted in the 185-pound division.


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