- Israel Adesanya was the former UFC Middleweight Champion.
- Adesanya lost to Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293.
- An immediate rematch between Adesanya and Strickland is targeted.
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?
— UFC (@ufc) September 10, 2023
When Is Israel Adesanya’s Next Fight?
In the post-fight interview, UFC President Dana White is keen on making an immediate rematch between the two despite Strickland’s lopsided and dominant performance over Adesanya. White that a second fight is interesting. There is no official announcement yet because Strickland and Adesanya would need some time off to recover.
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.