This weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Israel Adesanya makes his long anticipated UFC debut.
Adesanya moved from Nigeria to New Zealand at twelve years of age. Fourteen years later, he will be competing in the biggest martial arts organisation in the world.
Adesanya has competed across the world in kickboxing, compiling a record of 74 wins and 4 losses.
He is undefeated as a mixed martial artist with 11 wins all coming by way of knockout.
This weekend he takes on Australian Rob Wilkinson in what will be one of the most highly anticipated match ups on the card.
In this interview at the UFC 221 media day, Adesanya discusses his UFC debut, representing New Zealand martial arts and much more.
My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook. I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.