When Is Israel Adesanya’s Next Fight?

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Israel Adesanya prepares to fight Jared Cannonier in a middleweight title bout during the UFC 276 mixed martial arts event.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Jan 11, 2024, 9:55 PM
  • Israel Adesanya was the former undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion.
  • Adesanya lost to Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293 in September 2023 via unanimous decision.
  • Adesanya has recently revealed that he's dealing with an injury and will return to training camp later this year.

Israel Adesanya suffered a gigantic upset from Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293, which went down inside the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, last Sept. 9, 2023. Adesanya failed to find a hole in Strickland’s tight defense and yielded to the challenger’s non-stop forward pressure throughout the fight. He also absorbed the most damage as “Tarzan” landed more significant strikes.

Despite this latest setback, “The Last Stylebender” remains one of UFC’s biggest stars and a perpetual favorite in online sports betting via the UFC odds. But will the Nigerian-New Zealander get an outright rematch against Strickland for his next fight?

When Is Israel Adesanya’s Next Fight?

In a recent interview, Adesanya revealed that he’s dealing with an injury which he never disclosed but is close to completing his rehab. Previously, he announced his sabbatical from the sport to rest his body from the gruelling 16-fight appearance in the Octagon five years after making his UFC debut in 2018.

However, Adesanya is considering a return to action as he’s expected to return to full training at the end of February 2024. Although there are no clear indications of his UFC comeback, this is a great update from him.

Israel Adesanya MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 24-3
  • Wins by TKO/KO: 16
  • Wins by decision: 8
  • Striking accuracy: 50%
  • Significant strikes landed per minute: 3.93
  • Significant strikes absorbed: 2.67
  • Takedown average per 15 minutes: 0
  • Submission average per 15 minutes: 0.19
  • Significant strikes defense: 60%
  • Takedown defense: 79%
  • Knockdown average: 0.76
  • Average fight time: 18:09

Israel Adesanya Notable Wins

Israel Adesanya has wins over the likes of Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero, Jared Cannonier and Alex Pereira.

Israel Adesanya UFC Earnings

Israel Adesanya’s UFC earnings are estimated at $11.1 million, along with his performance bonuses. This figure doesn’t include his earnings through sponsorships and other brand endorsements. His latest fight with Strickland has earned him a single-fight purse of $3.5 million.

Israel Adesanya Team and Corner

Israel Adesanya trains under the City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand, where other top UFC names like UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski, Kai Kara-France, Dan Hooker and Brad Riddell prepare.

Aside from his teammates, Adesanya’s corner during fights also includes City Kickboxing coaches Eugene Bareman, Doug Viney, Chanel Niumata, Tristam Apikitoa and Mike Angove.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.