Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer, Israel Adesanya yesterday night knocked out his opponent Robert Whittaker to become the new UFC middleweight champion.
Israel Adesanya made history yesterday in the biggest fight in Australian MMA when the interim middleweight champion faced 185-pound titlist Robert Whittaker for the undisputed middleweight title at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
At first round the two boxers didn’t exchange blows that was enough with one down. Whittaker made many attempts to life a massive punches while Adesanya opted to stay back and wait for his turn to fire.
However, the Nigerian sent Whittaker to the canvass with a right hook straight to the face, but the horn stopped Adesanya as he was about to apply the finish on the Aussie.
In the second round, Adesanya had the advantage as a visibly unhappy Whittaker was keen on re-establishing himself inside the octagon, but the Nigerian will not let go easily. And the moment Adesanya landed a head kick from on Whittaker, the end appeared closer as he was really hurt.
Further punches from Adesanya to Whittaker’s face sent the Australian crashing to the ground, but the Nigerian still had time to apply the killer hammer punch to end the proceedings, a result that sees him become the new middleweight champion of the world less than two years into the sport.
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