A professional MMA fighter, kickboxer, and ex-boxer, Israel Adesanya currently holds the UFC Middleweight Champion title.
He’s rated as one of the best MMA strikers worldwide.
Israel Adesanya Age, Family, and Early Life
Despite representing New Zealand in fights, Israel Adesanya originally comes from Lagos, Nigeria.
- Israel is currently 33 years old (born in July 1989);
- He’s the eldest of five children;
- His younger brother, David, is also part of his team: he documents the interviews and training footage before all his events;
- He was named Oluwafemi after his father, who is an accountant. His mother, Taiwo, works as a nurse;
- Of African descent, Israel’s ethnicity is Yoruba;
- After living in Nigeria and Ghana, Israel and his family moved to New Zealand when he was only ten years old;
- The athlete attended Chrisland School, Opebi, where he was a member of the after-school Taekwondo club. However, his mother removed him from the club after he suffered an injury;
- He has a strong passion for anime and manga. His nickname, “The Last Stylebender”, is a reference to the anime series called “The Last Airbender”;
- He developed his interest in mixed martial arts after being bullied during high school.
Israel is not married, and his current relationship status is unknown.
However, the most recent news on this topic in February 2022 indicated that he may have dated a woman named Charlotte Powdrell, who also lives in New Zealand.
Rumors of a Break-up
The rumors started after a few videos and pictures of the two surfaced online, some of which were deleted.
Since neither of them made any comments, and newer posts suggest that Charlotte may now be in a relationship with someone else, none of this can be confirmed.
Israel Adesanya Career – What Is His Profession?
Israel Adesanya is a professional fighter specializing in several combat sports:
- Mixed martial arts;
- Boxing (no longer active).
Despite enrolling in a B.A. in Computer Design at UCL (Universal College of Learning), Israel ceased his studies two years later to pursue a combat sports career.
He started his career in 2010 and is currently trained by Eugene Bareman
In terms of affiliations, he is signed to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Israel has never changed his team, City Kickboxing.
- Israel is currently the UFC Middleweight Champion;
- He’s a former kickboxing Glory Middleweight Championship title, challenger;
- He ranks third in the pound-for-pound rankings for men in UFC.
- Super 8 III and IV Cruiserweight Champion;
- King in the Ring 86 kg II and III Champion;
- King in the Ring 100kgs II Champion.
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While part of the leading UFC fighters of New Zealand, Israel has had his share of significant losses:
Israel’s only loss in professional boxing was to Daniel Ammann in 2014:
- This happened during the Super 8 Boxing Championship II, during the Quarter-Finals;
- The match was refereed by Faiyaz Khan;
- Daniel’s win was decided unanimously within three rounds.
The most discussed loss of this athlete was against Alex Pereira:
- It was Israel’s only KO defeat;
- It took place during the third round of Heroes 7, in 2017;
- This ended the champion’s 12-win streak of the time;
- Alex Pereira has a total of two wins against Adesanya in kickboxing;
- The other win was decided unanimously.
- In mixed martial arts, Israel lost to Jan Blanchowitz once;
- This happened in March 2021;
- The match was the professional fighter’s light heavyweight debut (in the 205-pound UFC Light Heavyweight division);
- The result was decided unanimously after takedowns in rounds four and five.
What Is Israel Adesanya Net Worth?
With a net worth of around $4 million, Israel Adesanya is one of the most well-paid MMA fighters in history.
- The Whittaker rematch: $1.542.000;
- The Marvin Vettori match: $500,000, and an additional $1.142.000 from the event (due to sponsorships and other factors);
- The Anderson Silva match: $178.000.
Is Israel Adesanya on Any Social Media Platform?
Luckily, yes! Here’s where you can find him:
|Full name||Israel Mobolaji Odunayo Oluwafemi Temitayo Owolabi Adesanya|
|Height||Feet: 6 Feet 4 Inches|
Meter: 1.93 m
Centimeter: 193 cm
|Weight||Pounds: 185 lbs |
Kilogram: 84 kg
|Current residence||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Fluently known languages||English, Yoruba, Nigerian Pidgin|
|Cars owned||Range Rover McLaren 720s Spider Nissan SUV|