Born in Nigeria on 20th July 1989, and raised in New Zealand, Israel Mobolaji Adesanya is a professional mixed martial artist. As a martial artist, he has competed in several kickboxing and boxing tournaments.
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|Real name||Israel Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya|
|Date of birth||22 July 1989|
|Nationality||New Zealand, Nigerian|
|Occupation||Mixed martial arts|
|Net worth||₦1.2 billion|
On Saturday, 26th September 2020, Israel Adesanya made history by clinching the Ultimate Middleweight Champion’s belt against Yoel Romero. He also has an undefeated record of 20 wins and no losses in his profession. He has been nicknamed ‘The Last Stylebender’ after winning titles like the Glory middleweight contender, heavyweight champion, and King in the Ring two-time champion.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria to Nigerian parents- Mr Femi & Mrs Taiwo Adesanya, an Accountant and a Nurse in 1989 among five children. He attended Chrisland School for his primary school education and later on attended the after-school Taekwondo classes, but was withdrawn from the Taekwondo class after he sustained an injury of a fractured arm. He started his Secondary school education in Bells Secondary School, Ota, but at 12 years old, his family moved to Ghana for 10 months, and he later moved on to New Zealand to settle down for his Secondary School Education.
While attending Rotorua Boys’ High School in New Zealand, he became very interested in Japanese anime, which contributed to his heightened interest in Martial Arts. At age 19 years old, he started his training in kickboxing, gaining inspiration from ‘ Ong-Bak’ an action movie starring Tony Jaa, in 2008.
Israel Adesanya started his training in Muay Thai for one year, before going on to have his first amateur MMA fight in 2009 against Neroni Savaiinaea. He lost the fight to his opponent but the fight also became an inspiration for him to do better and work harder if he wanted to go down in history in Martial Arts. When he became 21 years old, he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and began his training at City Kickboxing under Eugene Bareman.
He made his first debut as a professional martial arts fighter in 2012, having received lessons and coaching from Eugene Bareman, even losing a few combats. Between 2012 to 2017, Israel Adekanye recorded 11-0 MMA wins but he was still not as popular as he would have wanted. In December 2017, Israel got signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and within a year, he had recorded 16-0 wins.
Before he became a fighter, he participated in several dance competitions around New Zealand, he also is an anime fan, coining his nickname from the popular cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some of his middleweight UFC championship wins are 100 pro-fight victories, a 20-0-0 pro-MMA record, 15-0 finishes by TKO, and number 4 UFC men’s pound-for-pound (P4P) fighter.
Israel Adesanya Salary
Israel Adesanya is currently the highest-earning fighter in UFC 248. For the fight against Yoel Romero which took place on Saturday 26th September 2020, Israel carted away 263 million naira ($690,000).
His exact earning salary is unknown at the moment.
Israel Adesanya Net Worth
Israel Adesanya is currently worth ₦1.2 billion ($2,928,500). But after clinching the victory title as a UFC champion, his net worth is about to skyrocket. Many brands will want to pay Israel to become an ambassador for their brand and for this reason alone, Israel will be stacking up its papers in the bank.
He had won a total of $1.34 million from his winnings at the UFC 248, 243, and 236, plus the $690,000 dollars he won on Saturday, which brings his net worth to about $2 million.
Israel Adesanya Cars
Some people celebrate their wins by splurging on shoes, clothes, bags, accessories or even food, but not Israel Adesanya. In 2019, after recording a victory and beating Robert Whittaker to claim the middleweight title at the UFC 243, Israel went ahead and ‘overcompensated’ himself. At least that’s what he captioned in the photo when he coped for himself a 2019 Orange McLaren 720s spider which costs $315,000 (N119, 857,500).
Israel gifted himself an orange-coloured McLaren 720s Spider in 2019 that cost $315,000. Its 4.0-L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine produces a maximum torque of 568 pound-feet and 710 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds and has a peak speed of 212 mph.
The 2019 McLaren Spider is a sports car created by McLaren Automotive. The model copped by Israel has a 4.0-litre V-8 engine drive train.
- Range Rover
Israel Adesanya has a Range Rover in his car collection. In 2019, he shared the pictures with his whip on Instagram. The vehicle runs on a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 which cranks out 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, with an acceleration speed of 0 to 60 in 6 seconds, it has a top speed of 141 mph. This 4th generation Range Rover starts at a price of around ₦44,0000,00.
Israel Adesanya wife
Israel Adesanya is not married yet. It was rumoured about a mysterious woman who popped up in Adesanya’s story ahead of UFC 253. There is rampant speculation amongst fight fans that posit the narrative that Israel is fresh into a new relationship.
Israel Adesanya House
Israel currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and it is unknown if he has a house of his own there or not. But in 2019, there were some reports that he was investing in some blocks of apartments located in Whanganui Liverpool Street, New Zealand.
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