Israel Adesanya

Twitter Mailbag: What should we expect when Dana White unveils ‘the future of fighting’?

When Dana White says he’s going to unveil “the future of fighting” soon, what could that possibly mean? And Ronda Rousey doesn’t think we “deserve” to hear her opinion on her legacy in MMA. So what conclusion should we arrive at on our own? That and other pressing questions...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA rankings, April 16: What moves did UFC 236’s new champs make?

A pair of new champs – albeit ones of the interim variety – were crowned this past Saturday at UFC 236. In the main event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Dustin Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) became the interim lightweight champion with a decision win over featherweight champ Max Holloway...

At UFC 236, skill sold without any help from manufactured malice

Did you notice anything strange about those two amazing fights that co-headlined UFC 236? Anything, you know, unusual for the current UFC climate? Think hard. Think back to before, but also after. Here’s a hint: It’s as much about what didn’t happen as what actually did. And it was...

Jon Jones says he’s done with Israel Adesanya after showing his ‘stripes’

Jon Jones appears to be moving on from his spat with Israel Adesanya. A rivalry between UFC light heavyweight champion Jones (24-1 MMA, 18-1 UFC) and interim middleweight titleholder Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has flared up in the lead-up to and aftermath of UFC 236, which saw “The...

Trading Shots: Did the interim titles on the line at UFC 236 help two great bouts seem even greater?

After two great interim title fights at UFC 236, we’re left to grapple with what those belts really mean – and how much depends on whether or not a unification bout follows soon. Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in...

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Dustin Poirier, Israel Adesanya after UFC 236 title wins?

nt" (ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Max Holloway, Kelvin Gastelum after UFC 236 losses?) Fighters with two different types of journeys reached interim UFC champion status at UFC 236 when Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya claimed belt. Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) improved his record to...

Israel Adesanya considers Kelvin Gastelum non-factor in UFC 236 matchup: ‘It’s all about me’

ATLANTA – Israel Adesanya said he could “smell the fear” on previous opponent Derek Brunson. But against Kelvin Gastelum, he sees someone who won’t flinch. “Kelvin’s not scared; he’s dangerous,” Adesanya told reporters, including MMA Junkie, after an open workout on Wednesday ahead of their UFC 236 interim middleweight...

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