He is an MMA fighter who has competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has over 500,000 followers on his stylebender Instagram account. His name is Isreal Adesanya. In this post, we will talk about Israel Adesanya: Biography & Career.
Israel Adesanya: Biography & Career
Isreal Adesanya had his primary education at Chrisland School at Opebi in Ikeja, Lagos. He thereafter proceeded to Bells Secondary School at Ota in Ogun state for his high school education. During his years at primary and secondary school, Adesanya developed an interest in martial arts and dancing.
The then 12-year-old was not done with secondary school before his parents decided to leave Nigeria in search of better educational opportunities for their children. The first stop was in Ghana where the family spent 10 months weighing their options between immigrating to the USA in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack or New Zealand.
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The family eventually opted for a move to New Zealand where they made their new home at the city of Rotorua in the country’s north island. After some months, Adesanya was enrolled at Rotorua Boy’s high school to round-up his high school education.
Following Adesanya’s rise to fame, many fans have been wondering who is the woman behind his success. Well, no one knows if he is single or in a relationship. He has remained mute about is relationship life.
19-year-old Isreal Adesanya had always had a passion for martial arts, however, it was after he watched the Action movie ‘Ong-Bak’ in 2008 that he made his mind to become a fighter. “I remember seeing the movie ‘Ong-Bak’, starring Tony Jaa. He was doing all this crazy (expletive) and I’m just like, ‘(expletive) – that’s cool. I want to be a fighter”. Isreal Adesanya.
Adesanya relocated to Auckland where he submitted himself to the tutelage of a new coach Eugene Bareman. Adesanya was no stranger to Eugene prior to before Eugene accepted him for training. Eugene was at Adesanya’s corner during his failed amateur MMA fight and resolved never to have dealings with the stubborn fighter. As a result, when Adesanya came seeking training at Euguene’s gym he tried hard to reject the application but eventually accepted him.
Rise To Fame
Adesanya was not quite popular despite recording 11-0 MMA wins between 2012 to 2017. However, he became a household name in December 2017 when he got signed to UFC. Within the space of one year and a few months, Adesanya established himself as the next big thing in UFC by increasing his MMA records to 18–0. The rest, as they say, is history.