Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya on road to gold: From sitting in nose bleeds to making noses bleed

It’s been a long road for interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya used the UFC 243 press conference to reflect on how far he’s come. To an outside fan, it appears that Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has just started his journey, as he only joined the UFC roster in...

Video: Robert Whittaker, Israel Adesanya face off for UFC 243 title unifier

LAS VEGAS – Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya will determine the undisputed UFC middleweight champion when they clash in the main event of UFC 243 this fall. The event takes place Oct. 5, but a location and venue have yet to be determined. The main card airs on pay-per-view following...

UFC champ Israel Adesanya is living his best life back home in Nigeria

Israel Adesanya left Nigeria as a boy, but this past week returned as a UFC champion to a hero’s welcome. One month after besting Kelvin Gastelum to win the UFC interim middleweight title, Adesanya was back in his native country for a victory lap, and you know “The Last...

Brad Tavares remains confident that he can stop Israel Adesanya: ‘I know I can beat that guy’

nt" LAS VEGAS – Brad Tavares is still on the “slow road to recovery” after a broken left arm went without surgery for longer than it should have. But he’s not allowing the situation to turn into bitterness. As Tavares told MMA Junkie Radio earlier this year, he broke...

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...

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