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Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by MediahelmNGR: 7:51am On Apr 14, 2019
Nigerian-born fighter Israel Adesanya knocked out his American opponent Kelvin Gastelum twice in the main event of the UFC 236 and claimed the UFC interim middleweight title after he was announced the winner via unanimous decision in an epic five-round fight.

In the first round, Gastelum showed he wasn’t going to be outclassed in the striking department, even dropping Adesanya to the canvas after landing a solid punch. Then, as is always the way with brilliant contests, Adesanya came right back, himself rocking Gastelum in the second and having the younger man in serious trouble.

The pattern continued through the third and fourth, with both men alternating dominant rounds until Adesanya came on strong in the last round coming seconds away from finishing the exhausted Gastelum before the bell called an end to proceedings.

“I was ready for a 5-round war, but it is not what I expected,” Adesanya said after the fight. “I have to take a shower to gather my thoughts, re-watch the fight before I say too much about the fight, but what I will say is Kelvin did well to land the jab. That was unexpected and I was surprised to let him get that jab. I was able to touch him whenever I wanted. You need fights like that in your back pocket, but like I’ve always said destiny is an understatement – the next fight… I will make it memorable.”

Adesanya is now the interim middleweight champion, and will go on to fight Robert Whittaker later on this year.

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Source: https://www.mediahelm.com.ng/2019/04/nigerian-born-israel-adesanya-wins-ufc.html

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by inoki247: 9:14am On Apr 14, 2019
is the guy representing Isreal or Nigeria

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by megautche: 9:14am On Apr 14, 2019
Good one
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Famocious(m): 9:14am On Apr 14, 2019
Big up to the swagman aka The Last Stylebender..

He was born in Lagos..
He doesn't deny his naija identity even though he represents the New Zealand when he fights.

Plenty crude talents in this country but no standard facility to harness and refine them.

We keep on loosing our best talents/brains and hands to the foreign world where their crude talents are refined and well rewarded.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by femo86(m): 9:14am On Apr 14, 2019
Hsh
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by NaijaRoyalty(m): 9:14am On Apr 14, 2019
Congrats
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by omerah86(m): 9:15am On Apr 14, 2019
Issorite
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by jkaro(m): 9:15am On Apr 14, 2019
I watched Israel match against one black America guy and I was really impress with the way he fought...

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by quincyshakur(m): 9:15am On Apr 14, 2019
Congrats to the Black Gee.. smiley smiley

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Ewedegubbler: 9:15am On Apr 14, 2019
Afonja amaka

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Nobody: 9:15am On Apr 14, 2019
Is he an Israelite?

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by NPComplete: 9:16am On Apr 14, 2019
He is the interim champion because the champion's out sick.
A lot of people still believe Izzy is a hype though because he couldn't finish Gastelum despite his significant height and reach advantage and Gastelum is like the 4th ranked Middleweight fighter. But at least with this fight he has proven he is a top 5 contender at the very least.
I will like to see how he does against the likes of Whitaker, Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold in this 185lb division before I actually decide about him.

For now he should shut up about Jon Jones and focus on acquiring some grappling skills. Jon Jones will maul him judging by his recent performance against Silva and Gastelum.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by deavicky(m): 9:17am On Apr 14, 2019
I yam not undastandin, Nigeria born where is he now
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Lifestone(m): 9:17am On Apr 14, 2019
Nigeria Demon. Still undefeated
Congrats bro

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by jadeliyi(m): 9:17am On Apr 14, 2019
another nigerian dominating the UFC

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by babzo(m): 9:18am On Apr 14, 2019
Nigerian born, but foreign trained and based. Eating correct balanced diet, not eba in the morning and rice at night. Training in world class facilities.
Bro stay where you are o!

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Isoduwa(m): 9:18am On Apr 14, 2019
jkaro:
I watched Israel match against one black America guy and I was really impress with the way he fought...


And the American guy Nor get name Abi?

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Lifestone(m): 9:19am On Apr 14, 2019
babzo:
Nigerian born, but foreign trained and based. Eating correct balanced diet, not eba in the morning and rice at night. Training in world class facilities.
Bro stay where you are o!
Like all of them.
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Adam09: 9:19am On Apr 14, 2019
I will comment when I have thought of something good to say.
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Lifestone(m): 9:20am On Apr 14, 2019
Famocious:
Big up to the swagman aka The Last Stylebender..

He doesn't deny his naija identity even though he represents the New Zealand when he fights.

Na. I have watched several of his fights, he brings Nigeria flag to his corner

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by ClearFlair: 9:21am On Apr 14, 2019
Let’s put Nnamdi Kanu in the ring with this guy and Anthony Joshua so they can beat the foolishness out of his soul.

After that we’ll throw Atiku in the ring, then Obi will follow. We will finish the event with the panel-beating of Reno O’mockery. cheesy

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by FUCKU: 9:21am On Apr 14, 2019
Isoduwa:


And the American guy Nor get name Abi?
Anderson Silva. Legend. one of the greats. From Brazil, South America

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by danie09(m): 9:23am On Apr 14, 2019
Born in nigeria.
Now a kiwi
He holds both Nigerian and New Zealand nationalities
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by twilliamx(m): 9:24am On Apr 14, 2019
Champions.
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by deavicky(m): 9:24am On Apr 14, 2019
inoki247:
is the guy representing Isreal or Nigeria
I yam not ondastandin too if his name is Isreal or representing isreal Or now lives in Isreal.
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by AfroSamurai: 9:26am On Apr 14, 2019
Na so. This is how it should be. Congrats Israel. May your reign as champion last long. Cheers.
Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by daveP(m): 9:27am On Apr 14, 2019
He asked 4 support from Nigerians. We gave it ti him and now, he wont look back again cos we gat his back. Ride on Ade.

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Re: Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Interim Middleweight title at UFC 236 by Famocious(m): 9:27am On Apr 14, 2019
Lifestone:

Na. I have watched several of his fights, he brings Nigeria flag to his corner

I know, that is part of naija identity. He represents New Zealand in his professional bouts

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