- Israel Adesanya is the New UFC 243 World Champion
Nigerian born New Zealander Israel Adesanya defeated Australian Robert Whittaker on Sunday to emerge the new UFC 243 Champion of the world after just 18 fights.
In the much-publicised fight, Adesanya, one of the best strikers in the world, caught Robert Whittaker during a brief exchange in the second round after previously knocking him down towards the end of round one.
Whittaker couldn’t recover as Adesanya jumped on him to finish him off before the referee called it a day.
Adesanya, The Last Stylebender, is the most active UFC champion in the world at the moment and has fought 7 times in the last 18 months.
In the last 10 months, he has fought Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and the former Middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker.
Leading up to this fight, experts doubted Adesanya’s ability to defeat Whittaker who defeated Yoel Romero last year.
But with 6 professional boxing record, 80 kickboxing record and now 18 mixed martial arts record, the Last Stylebender has finally proved everyone wrong and solidified his place as the one true champion of the division.
Adesanya now joins Anthony Joshua, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman, Victor Oladipo, Lawrence Okolie, Joe Joyce, Andre Iguodala and many other Nigerian athletes pushing the Nigerian brand abroad.