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    Getty Israel Adesanya attends UFC 277. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is set to defend his title against Alex Pereira, a man known to have the ‘touch of death.’ The UFC has found the headlining bout for its long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 in New York, Adesanya announced Friday on ESPN MMA’s “SportsCenter.” He will defend his belt against a former foe, who he’s already fought twice but in a different sport. With only three outings under the banner, Pereira gets a title shot off the back of a vicious knockout win over the formerly fourth-ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland. While he went into his bout against Strickland unranked, Pereira broke through into the top five rankings after the win. The former two-division Glory champion has stepped inside the ring opposite Adesanya on two occasions in kickboxing. He won both outings, with the first coming by decision in 2016 and the second by way of knockout a year later. As the only man to have put Adesanya out cold on the canvas, his arrival...
    The boss of a Russian mixed-martial arts tournament has sensationally hooked two combatants midfight because they were too boring - and UFC boss Dana White is loving it. The fight was a quarterfinal lightweight bout between Ali Bagov and Rashid Magomedov at Friday's ACA 141 event in Sochi, Russia. The late stage of the tournament should have generated plenty of energy and desire to win, but both fighters were slammed after just standing there for four of the scheduled rounds. That was when ACA president Mairbek Khasjiev intervened. The ACA founder Mairbek Khasiev just disqualified Ali Bagov and Rashid Magomedov for being too boring. ????MMA continues to be wild. pic.twitter.com/5NvW5tDV8I— MMA mania (@mmamania) July 22, 2022 'The ACA League is not a kindergarten,' Khasiev told the live crowd after disqualifying both fighters, according to MMA website Bloody Elbow. 'It is a serious league.' Khasiev continued: 'The ACA League today, is — regardless of what anyone says — is the second greatest fight league in the world. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mike 'Blood Diamond' Mathetha explains how...
    Getty Israel Adesanya & Jared Cannonier Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo had a harsh take on middleweight king Israel Adesanya’s most recent performance, but he’s now issued an apology to “The Last Stylebender.” Adesanya headlined UFC 276 in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month against top-ranked contender Jared Cannonier. The bout went all five rounds and the champion notched his fifth title defense, earning the judges’ nod via unanimous decision. But, The Last Stylebender was subjected to criticism from some in the MMA community, with many taking aim at Adesanya’s less-than-exciting performance. The bout lacked action as the counter-striking expert hung back for large portions of the 25-minute scrap and Cannonier was hesitant to engage. One individual who wasn’t a fan of Adesanya’s fight was Cejudo, who took to his “The Triple C & Schmo Show” to give his thoughts post-fight. And in short, the former bantamweight and flyweight champion called on the UFC to stop putting resources into promoting The Last Stylebender. “It’s crazy when you come out to freaking, to The Undertaker [theme song], and...
    Getty (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match. UFC superstar Robert Whittaker is in talks with the newly crowned boxing cruiserweight world champion Jai Opetaia for a crossover fight. In August 2017, the world of combat sports witnessed a historic crossover bout between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. It was the first time we got to see an MMA fighter take on a boxer at the highest level and earn the biggest payday of his life. After dethroning the former IBF cruiserweight king Mairis Briedis earlier this month, Opetaia is targeting a match with the fellow Aussie athlete. Dean Lonergan, Opetaia’s manager, confirmed they were in talks with Whittaker and hope to put on the event sometime in the first quarter of 2023. Fans down under could soon get to see Australia’s version of McGregor v Mayweather if Whittaker agrees to pen the $5 million offer. “Yes, I’ve had some talks with Rob Whittaker’s manager and he is open to it,” Lonergan told Daily...
    Getty Israel Adesanya Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz teased the possibility of himself dropping down to 185 pounds to rematch middleweight king Israel Adesanya. Blachowicz and “The Last Stylebender” met in March 2021 at UFC 259 when the Polish fighter was the 205-pound champion. The light heavyweight title fight went all five rounds and as history has it, Blachowicz derailed Adesanya’s dream of becoming a simultaneous two-division champion by earning a unanimous decision win. Adesanya dropped back down to middleweight after the loss and he’s rattled off three title defenses in a row, beating Marvin Vettori, Robert Whittaker and most recently, Jared Cannonier. On the other end, Blachowicz lost his strap in his next outing, losing to Glover Texeira via second-round submission. He bounced back in May by besting Aleksandar Rakic, who suffered a knee injury in the third round of their UFC on ESPN 36 clash. Blachowicz has been clear that he wants a title shot against now-champ Jiri Prochazka. But, “Denisa” recently came out and shared he wants to give the man he took...
    Getty Nate Diaz UFC superstar Nate Diaz has made it clear that he’s willing to fight anyone the promotion throws at him, except for heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and 185-pound king Israel Adesanya. Diaz was featured in an exclusive interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” Tuesday, and the pair spoke about the state of the fighter’s career. In short, Diaz only has one fight left on his contract and he’s been seeking an opponent for a better part of a year. Diaz told Helwani that he’s only received one fight offer, a bout with Khamzat Chimaev, but even then he hasn’t been able to secure a match. At this point, Diaz wants out of his UFC contract to pursue other martial arts ventures like boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions. And it’s gotten to the point where Diaz is willing to accept an offer to fight someone as earlier as tonight. However, Diaz still wants the opponent to be “worthy,” saying to Helwani that he’s eyeing someone who has made their mark on the sport. Unless it’s...
    Getty Israel Adesanya The UFC should “stop pushing” middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, according to Henry Cejudo who slammed the fighter’s “lame” performance from last weekend. “The Last Stylebender” competed as the UFC 276 headliner on July 2nd at UFC 276 against Jared Cannonier, and the two fought for five rounds in Las Vegas. However, by the fifth frame, fans started exiting the T-Mobile Arena. The contest was viewed by many as a lackluster affair, especially compared to Adesanya’s pre-fight prediction of adding sensational moments to his highlight reel. In the end, the striking battle went to the judges’ scorecards and The Last Stylebender picked up his fifth 185-pound title defense, winning via unanimous decision. During a recent episode of Cejudo’s “The Triple C & Schmo Show” podcast, the former two-division UFC champion gave his take on Adesanya’s Vegas showing. “Triple C” pointed to the middleweight king’s walkout, which featured him emerging from the back with an urn, paying homage to WWE superstar The Undertaker. “It’s crazy when you come out to freaking, to The Undertaker [theme song], and...
    More On: chris pratt Chris Pratt ‘cried’ over backlash from post praising ‘healthy’ daughter Thrice-married Anna Faris, 45, calls herself a ‘divorce veteran’ Katherine Schwarzenegger shares first photos of second baby with Chris Pratt Chris Pratt gives update on newborn daughter Eloise, jokes about diaper duty Chris Pratt issued a groveling apology to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya after criticizing his performance last weekend. Pratt attended UFC 276 which took place on July 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Adesanya took on Jared Cannonier. And while Adesanya emerged victorious, it seems as though the “Parks and Recreation” star had some things he needed to get off his chest after the bout. Speaking to ESPN after watching the fight, Pratt said, “I’m gonna say this as humbly as I can, as a guy who never stepped in the Octagon. I don’t know this game, I’m just an actor. But I’m not a fan, man.” According to Insider, Pratt said he wanted “to see Cannonier” take home the win and thought the bout needed more spark. “I’m not a fan...
    CHRIS PRATT has issued a grovelling apology to Israel Adesanya after being called out by the UFC middleweight champion. The Guardians of the Galaxy star drew the ire of the 185lb king last weekend by labelling his UFC 276 title defence against Jared Cannonier a "pitter-patter" performance. 3Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier in his UFC 276 title defence last weekendCredit: Getty 3Movie star Chris Pratt was cageside for the fight but was far from impreessedCredit: Getty 3But he issued a grovelling apology after being trolled by The last StylebenderCredit: TWITTER Adesanya took exception to the criticism and responded with a snippet of Pratt being hit in the face by James McAvoy in 'Wanted', writing in his accompanying caption: “Good morning. I’m the man. You’re just some fan.” That prompted a swift apology from the Hollywood star, who admitted: "You’re right. I’m sorry brutha. "It bugs me when people criticize my work- having never themselves risked anything. "It makes me a hypocrite to do exactly that to you. My bad. Keep on keeping on champ." Adesanya, 32, strategically out-pointed the in-form...
    Getty (L-R) Gilbert Burns & Khamzat Chimaev Top-ranked UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev is eyeing a fight with 185-pound destroyer Alex Pereira. Like Chimaev, Pereira recently burst onto the UFC scene in a big way. He signed with the promotion in 2021 as a 3-1 professional mixed martial artist. The former two-division Glory champion entered the Octagon for his first bout with a lot of hype surrounding him as he had beaten current UFC middleweight king Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing, including by knockout. He made his debut at UFC 268 in November and starched Andreas Michailidis in the second round via TKO. He followed up the win by earning a unanimous decision over Bruno Silva in March. And on Saturday night, “Poatan” knocked out No. 4-ranked middleweight Sean Strickland in the first round of their fight at UFC 276. Pereira is widely accepted as the rightful next contender to challenge Adesanya who defended his title in the night’s main event against Jared Cannonier. Well, one person who wants to test themselves against the deadly striker is Chimaev. “Borz”...
    UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya official broke the 'Drake curse' with his dominant victory over Jared Cannonier. The Last Stylebender retained his 185lb title via unanimous decision early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 276 in Las Vegas. 2The Last Stylebender received a FaceTime from Drake ahead of the UFC 276 weigh-insCredit: [email protected] 2Adesanya was left stunned after learning Drake had bet $1million on him to beat CannonierCredit: [email protected] Fight fans were worried the surging superstar's dominant reign atop of the division would come to an end after he had a FaceTime with Drake - who bet a whopping $1million for him to beat the Killa Gorilla. Their concerns were well placed given fighter's history of losing after hanging out with the Canadian rapper or him betting on them. Conor McGregor suffered a fourth-round submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov after having Drake walk him to the UFC 229 weigh-ins in 2018. Fan favourite Jorge Masvidal fell to defeat in his grudge match with Colby Covington in March after the 'Over' star laid a whopping £223,000 ($275,000) bet on...
    MAX HOLLOWAY was rushed to hospital after suffering a horrific cut in his trilogy fight with Alexander Volkanovski. The former dominant featherweight champion suffered a huge laceration above his left eye in the second round of their UFC 276 showdown - which he lost via unanimous decision. 3Max Holloway renewed his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276Credit: Getty 3Fan favourite Holloway suffered a unanimous decision defeat to the AussieCredit: REUTERS 3Holloway suffered a horrific cut in the second round and had to be transported to hospital after the fightCredit: REUTERS A beautiful overhand right from Volkanovski in the second round of their Las Vegas clash left Holloway bleeding like a stuck pig. Holloway, 30, valiantly through adversity but was unable to turn the tide against the slick and elusive champion. And after a quick once over from the UFC's medical team, he was transported to the hospital for further treatment. Defeat to Volkanovski snapped a two-fight win streak for fan-favourite Holloway, who is now 0-3 against the Aussie. READ MORE IN SPORTUFC 276 LIVE Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier...
    Getty Jon Jones Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shared choice words on Twitter after Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira’s victories Saturday night. Both combatants fought at UFC 276 on June 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Adesanya, the UFC’s reigning middleweight king, headlined the event against Jared Cannonier and won the match via unanimous decision. Earlier on the main card, Pereira earned the biggest win of his MMA career when he knocked out No. 4-ranked middleweight Sean Strickland in the first round. Considering “Poatan” has fought and beaten Adesanya twice in kickboxing, which includes a KO win in 2017, the Brazilian will likely be next up for “The Last Stylebender.” After the night of fights, “Bones” tweeted how impressed he was with Pereira’s starching of Strickland. “Bro I just went back and watched Alex P fight!!” Jones tweeted. “Yeah I’m riding with him all day. He made it look way too easy. Really hard to believe he was unranked before this fight.”Jones Ripped Adesanya for His ‘Fingernails’ & ‘Frozen’ ReferenceThen, Jones took aim...
    UFC 276: Israel Adesanya defeated Jared Cannonier. Israel Adesanya defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) at UFC 276 on Saturday, July 2, 2022, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The @Stylebender reigns supreme #AndStill ???? #UFC276 pic.twitter.com/cN507JFtLL — UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2022 “We know who is next, (Alex Pereira), trust me the first time I told you that was an error on my part spamming right hands and that was in kickboxing. It was easy to knock out the homeboy (Sean Strickland). What’s the hillbilly’s name? Because he was pairing the jabs. But like I said at the press conference, next time I put you on skates. You’re going to get frozen like Elsa. I’ll leave it at that,” said Adesanya. Theres only one man @Stylebender wants next – and thats Alex Pereira ???? #UFC276 pic.twitter.com/iFNbXt7hdE — UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2022 UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier: Round-by-round recap Here. He. Comes. ☠️ [ @Stylebender | #UFC276 ] pic.twitter.com/Bv54ObOkyr — UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2022 Before the fight even started, Adesanya came...
    See the thoughts from fellow UFC fighters on Israel Adesanya retaining his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 It was a disappointing main event, but a successful title defense for Israel Adesanya nonetheless, as he retained the UFC middleweight championship against Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276. The first round was a quiet one, but a clear one for Adesanya, working his jab and puzzling Cannonier. Cannonier was still unable to get his power going in the second round, as Adesanya continued to come forward and worked his punches and kicks around the body. Adesanya continued his successful striking in the third round, but Cannonier attempted to give him a grappling battle, looking to get a takedown attempt and a clinch in the third round — neither of which were completely successful but troubled the champion somewhat Cannonier’s grappling efforts were for naught in the fourth, and he didn’t seem to have anything for the champion. Cannonier’s lack of offense continued into the final round. Though he did land a notable couple of shots in...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA retained the UFC middleweight title with a clinic against Jared Cannonier. The Nigerian-born Kiwi made his fifth defence of the 185lb strap early on Sunday morning in the main event of a stacked UFC 276 card in Las Vegas. 1Israel Adesanya locked horns with Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276 Adesanya went into the International Fight Week headliner brimming with confidence, vowing to 'f**k up' the in-form Killa Gorilla. The fan favourite failed to deliver on his promise but turned in a striking masterclass as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory. MORE FOLLOWS Most read in SportPAIGE RAGE Paige Spiranac branded 'fat and ugly' by vile trolls after Sexiest Woman awardFLASH ARI Celeste shows off incredible body as the ring girl relaxes after UFC Fight NightTRAGIC END Baltimore Ravens star's shock cause of death revealed in new autopsy resultsSHIP SHAPE Ronaldo shows off bulging biceps ahead of Utd return as Georgina stuns in bikini
    DONALD CERRONE emotionally retired from mixed martial arts following his defeat to Jim Miller. Fan favourite Cerrone, 39, went into his UFC 276 prelim showdown with fellow vet Miller on the worst run of his career. 4Donald Cerrone emotionally retired from MMA after his UFC 276 loss to Jim MillerCredit: Reuters 4Cowboy suffered a second-round submission defeat to his fellow vetCredit: Reuters 4And he emotionally called it a day after his sixth defeat in his last sevenCredit: GETTY Cowboy lost five of his last six outings before his Sin City tussle with Miller, which he lost via second-round submission to a guillotine choke. And after the fight, the future UFC Hall of Famer placed his gloves and hat down to mark the end of his legendary career. He told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: "Thank you, Las Vegas. I'm glad my boys got to be here, here they come now. "I don't love it anymore, Joe. It's hard for me to get up [and train]. READ MORE IN SPORTUFC 276 LIVE Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier LATEST plus Volkanovski vs Holloway...
    Getty Israel Adesanya will take on Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on Saturday. A great year for mixed martial arts is poised to get even better this weekend, as UFC 276 offers fans two championship bouts and a stacked card from top to bottom. Saturday’s event, which caps off the company’s 10th annual International Fight Week at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is headlined by Israel Adesanya’s middleweight title defense against Jared Cannonier and the trilogy fight between featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. In the US, the UFC 276 PPV (10 p.m. ET start time) is available exclusively through ESPN+. Here’s how to buy it, with your options depending on whether or not you already have ESPN+:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageHow to Buy UFC 276 PPVIf You Don’t Have ESPN+You can buy a special bundle that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($69.99 value) and the UFC 276 PPV ($74.99 value) for $99.98. That’s work out to savings of $45 or about 31 percent:...
    MUSIC superstar Drake has placed a whopping $1million bet on Israel Adesanya to retain his middleweight title this weekend. The Last Stylebender will defend his 185lb strap against Jared Cannonier early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 276 in Las Vegas. 4Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276Credit: GETTY 4The Last Stylebender received a FaceTime from Drake ahead of the UFC 276 weigh-insCredit: [email protected] 4Adesanya was left stunned after learning Drake had bet $1million on him to beat CannonierCredit: [email protected] 4Drake shared one of his five bets on The Last Stylebender to have his hand raisedCredit: [email protected] Adesanya, 32, has swept all comers in the middleweight division with ease and is the bookies' favourite to leave International Fight Week with his strap in tow. MMA superfan Drake doesn't foresee anything other than an Adesanya win coming to fruition, so much so he's staked a staggering $1million (£826,000) on the Nigerian-born New Zealander having his hand raised. Drizzy revealed his hefty wager during a late-night FaceTime with the...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA defends his UFC middleweight title against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. It's sure to be an incredible night of action in Las Vegas, with Adesanya fighting for the first time since his February win over Robert Whittaker. 1Adesanya puts his middleweight title on the line in VegasCredit: Getty Images - Getty Elsewhere on the card, Alexander Volkanovski takes on Max Holloway to complete their epic UFC trilogy. Lauren Murphy, Sean Strickland and Pedro Munhoz also fight on a packed main card. When is UFC 276? The epic fight night is all set for Saturday, July 2. It will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Early prelims will get underway from 6pm ET. The prelims card begins at 8pm. And the main card starts at 10pm, with the main event around midnight. Read More On The Sun'INCREDIBLE IMPACT' Minecraft YouTuber passes away one year after cancer diagnosisPARENTS' NIGHTMARE Denise and Charlie's daughter Lola, 17, involved in terrifying car crash What is the PPV price? Here in the USA, ESPN will be showing this...
    Even though their bouts were in kickboxing, Alex Pereira, who faces Sean Strickland at UFC 276, feels Israel Adesanya will do everything in his power to not face him in MMA Alex Pereira may not be the most experienced MMA fighter, with just two UFC bouts and six MMA fights total, but he’s a much well-known name in the community. In fact, he’s quite the familiar face to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Pereira, the former GLORY Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion, fought Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing. Pereira won both times, winning the April 2016 fight by decision and their March 2017 fight by a brutal knockout. Adesanya has recently claimed that both kickboxing bouts were closer than what the record books would say, but Pereira feels the results may be very similar if the two were to ever meet in MMA.UFC 276: Alex Pereira says Israel Adesanya doesn’t want to fight him, thinks he can make Adesanya leave on a stretcher again“[His comments] actually make me confused,” Pereira said, via a translator, at his UFC 276...
    Israel Adesanya looks to continue his successful ways at 185-pounds. UFC 276 is a big showcase of mixed martial arts during International Fight Week. The event is headlined by two massive title fights, one featuring current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, against number two ranked Jared Cannonier. “This feels like the Super Bowl, WrestleMania, that type of big,” Adesanya said about the upcoming title fight. “I feel like this is going to be one of those that is memorable. I’m just going to show off and show out. That’s what I do.” Adesanya has been on a tear since joining the UFC back in 2018. A little more than a year after his debut, Adesanya was fighting for the interim UFC middleweight championship, defeating Kelvin Gastelum in a close battle at UFC 236. Since then, he’s defended that title five times and even challenged himself to move up a weight class where he dropped a bout to then light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz. Now he’s facing a new contender for his title. “This is new blood. I like having new blood,”...
    Getty Sean Strickland Top-ranked middleweight Sean Strickland was a wild man on the mic during the UFC 276 press conference on Thursday. Strickland is set to fight Alex Pereira during the event’s main card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighter is known for his brash, unfiltered personality. And before the presser even began, Strickland told his followers on social media that he was “scared” he could get “Gina Carano’d” (canceled) for some of the things he’d potentially say. So, during the press conference, Strickland was asked if was advised by anyone to filter his speech. “Bro, the UFC was on top of me from the start,” Strickland said. Then, Strickland stood up and pointed out to the audience. “I just want to say something,” Strickland continued. “This is my first press conference. You guys are a bunch of vicious bastards. I hear the way you guys talk. I want to go down there and punch all you f****** in the face! Jesus Christ, you guys are mean. “Yeah, I need to calm down.” Then,...
    UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has offered his steroid accusers use a whopping £2.5million to prove he's ever taken PEDS. The Last Stylebender was subjected to doping claims after unilateral gynecomastia appeared under his right pec ahead of his UFC 253 showdown with Paulo Costa. 3Israel Adesanya was accused to taking performance-enhancing drugsCredit: GETTY 3The growth of his right pec sparked accusations of steroid useCredit: BT SPORT 3And The Last Stylebender has offered his accusers £2.5million to prove he's taken PEDSCredit: ALAMY Gynecomastia - which is more commonly known as man boobs - is a side effect of improper hormone regulation when a male uses anabolic steroids or other androgenic substances, in particular testosterone. Nigerian-born Kiwi, 32, denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs - attributing the gyno to smoking too much marijuana - but still faces the claims nearly two years later. And he's willing to part ways with a life-changing amount of money if one of his accusers can back up their claims. He said: “When you’re great, they talk about ‘T***ygate. At the same time, I’m like, ‘How the...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA is planning on delivering a "masterpiece" in his showdown with Jared Cannonier. The Nigerian-born Kiwi will defend his middleweight title against the Killa Gorilla early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 276 in Las Vegas. 5Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276Credit: UFC 5Jared Cannonier is in the form of his UFC career going into his maiden title fightCredit: GETTY 5The Last Stylebender has vowed to "f**k up" the Killa GorillaCredit: ALAMY 5Adesanya wants to emulate Anderson Silva's flawless UFC 101 victory over Forrest GriffinCredit: Getty Adesanya, 32, enters his fifth title defence on the back of dominant victories in his consecutive rematches with Marvin Vettori and Robert Whittaker but is envisaging a more devastating display in Sin City. Speaking in his role as a global brand ambassador for crypto casino and sports betting platform Stake.com, Adesanya told SunSport: "It turns out beautiful like a masterpiece. "I'm gonna f**k him up, mark my words." Adesanya's last finish came in his second title defence in the autumn of 2020, in...
    Getty Israel Adesanya UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya would relish the chance of earning revenge over Alex Pereira. “The Last Stylebender” recently took part in a UFC press conference alongside reigning UFC featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski and top-ranked flyweight Kai Kara-France. And during it, Adesanya spoke about his former two-time kickboxing foe. Adesanya and Pereira met twice in the Glory of Heroes kickboxing promotion, and the Brazilian defeated The Last Stylebender both times. Pereira was awarded a unanimous decision in their first bout, which took place in 2016. And a year later, Pereira knocked out Adesanya in the rematch. Adesanya (22-1 MMA) signed with the UFC in late 2017 and has dominated the middleweight division since. Pereira (5-1 MMA) joined the promotion’s roster in 2021 and has earned two back-to-back victories. There’s a chance their paths will cross again and The Last Stylebender would welcome the challenge with open arms. “This isn’t kickboxing, this is mixed martial arts,” Adesanya said via MMA Fighting. “These ain’t big pillow gloves, these are four-ounce deadly weapons that I can’t wait to...
    Getty Israel Adesanya UFC middleweight king Israel Adesanya would lose to lightweight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to “The Eagle’s Manager,” Ali Abdelaziz. Abdelaziz recently spoke with Sherdog about his big-name client and business partner. And in short, he sees the 29-0 retired professional mixed martial arts using his wrestling and grappling to take out Adesanya within three rounds. “If Khabib comes tomorrow and cut to 185, he will stop Israel Adesanya in three rounds, this is my opinion,” Abdelaziz said via Low Kick MMA. “I see it [at the gym]. He beat heavyweights, light heavyweights, welterweights, lightweights. He’s unstoppable. He’s like a tractor-trailer.” “Adesanya cannot stop his wrestling, he cannot stop his grappling,” the manager continued. “Striking, of course, Israel is the best striker on this planet. But Khabib can come back and fight middleweight and become a champion today.” Nurmagomedov retired from the sport in October 2020 after defending his 155-pound strap for the third time. The Eagle choked out Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke at UFC 254 and then during his post-fight interview, announced that...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA says "a couple of times a year" he wants to do "something that's going to feel like I'm about to die" after he retires. The UFC middleweight champion went on The Diary Of A CEO podcast and discussed mental health problems. 2UFC middleweight champion Israel AdesanyaCredit: Getty And he claimed the adrenaline of fighting must be replaced when he hangs up his gloves. Adesanya, 32, said: "I've said after this game's done, after I'm done with this fighting s*** when I have a family, at least a couple of times a year I need to do something that's going to feel like I'm about to die. "I feel like I just need to do something - I'm a bit of an adrenaline junky - so I need to do something that's going to tame the beast. "If not, I just feel like it's going to seep in others way which I wouldn't want it to in my life. I...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA expects the UFC to 'come to terms with their heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Ngannou is in the final year of his contract with the UFC but has shown no sign of penning a new contract with mixed martial arts' premier promotion. 3Francis Ngannou is currently at a contract impasse with the UFC brassCredit: Getty 3The Predator's current deal with the promotion expires in DecemberCredit: GETTY 3But middleweight champ Israel Adesanya expects both parties to 'come to terms'Credit: GETTY The Predator has rejected the UFC's offer of a bumper £5million deal as he wants to box with the promotion's blessing. Ngannou - who has been angling for a boxing match with WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury - appears willing to test out free agency if his demands aren't met. But middleweight champ Adesanya believes a suitable agreement will eventually be hashed out, telling SunSport: "They will [come to terms]. "They'll make it happen because Francis is a guy who loves to fight. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT...
    DANA WHITE said Jake Paul is not 'even remotely close' to Conor McGregor's fighting weight. YouTuber-turned boxer has kickstarted his latest pursuit of facing McGregor after almost two years of callouts. 3UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Jake PaulCredit: Instagram / @jakepaul 3Conor McGregor has been called out by Jake PaulCredit: @TheNotoriousMMA But the American is now even willing to fight his Irish rival in MMA and claimed he would drop from 190lb (13st 5lb) to 175lb (12st 5lb) to do so. McGregor has never campaigned any higher than welterweight in the UFC - the 170lb (12st 1lb) division White believes Paul is unable to make. And he questioned why the 5-0 boxer is not challenging bigger men - like 13st 2lb UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, 32. White told ESPN: "That kid couldn't even make 170, that's how big he is. I mean he's calling out these guys. READ MORE SUN STORIESARCH RIVALS Jake Paul predicts UFC fight with McGregor at Wembley would sell record 4m PPVsPAUL OR NOTHING Jake Paul vows to...
    Getty UFC fighter Dustin Poirier attends UFC 271. Colby Covington called out Dustin Poirier after his win at UFC 272 but it appears “The Diamond” has no interest in that matchup. Poirier was in Las Vegas on Saturday to corner for AJ Fletcher and was asked about Covington’s aggressive message. “It’s cute,” Poirier told ESPN. “It’s all good. It is what it is. People want big fights. That’s a big fight. He wants big fights. Obviously, he’s not in line for the title fight. He lost twice to the champ, so he probably needs a few more wins. But I would think if you want to get back to that strap you have to fight welterweight contenders. I don’t know what I’m doing, if I’m going to welterweight, if I’m staying at 155. We’ll see, but it is what it is.” Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Poirier’s last fight was in December when he fell to lightweight champ Charles Oliveira, losing via third-round submission. Poirier will have...
    Getty Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya during the UFC 271 weigh-in ceremony in February 2022. An MMA analyst believes the best fight for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to take is against the No. 1-ranked welterweight. “The Last Stylebender” has successfully defended his 185-pound strap four times, with his last victory coming in February 2022 when he defeated ex-middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for a second time. They fought during the UFC 271 main event on February 12 and Adesanya won via unanimous decision. The next presumed title challenger for The Last Stylebender is No. 2 Jared Cannonier, who also picked up a big win on the same evening. Cannonier halted Derek Brunson’s title campaign via second-round KO. “The Killa Gorilla” is 5-1 in his last six bouts, and he’s a fresh match-up for the middleweight king. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians However, according to Chael Sonnen, Adesanya should fight Colby Covington instead. Covington, who just defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 last weekend, is the highest-ranked fighter...
    UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya has credited Jake Paul for helping him bag a bumper new deal with the promotion. Adesanya, 32, inked a new lucrative contract with the MMA leader ahead of his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Robert Whittaker earlier this month. 5Israel Adesanya inked a new deal with the UFC ahead of his rematch with Robert WhittakerCredit: Alamy 5The Last Stylebender is over the moon with his new dealCredit: GETTY 5And he's credited YouTuber star Jake Paul with getting a bumper paydayCredit: [email protected] The Nigerian-born Kiwi is over the moon with his new pay packet, which he believes was partially increased by Paul's championing of better fighter pay in the promotion. He told talkSPORT: “I think Jake Paul was the right guy to [challenge Dana White] at the time. "He was one of the guys to get this conversation going that Francis [Ngannou] jumped in. "You have me even now speaking about it." Although Adesanya is happy with his new deal, he won't remain quiet on the topic of fighter pay. He said: “Just because I got my...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA couldn't hold back his tears while watching his friend Blood Diamond finally making the scales as a UFC fighter. Adesanya and his team-mate - whose real name is Mike Mathetha - were on the same card at UFC 271 for the first time ever after their humble beginnings. 2Israel Adesanya watched his friend Blood Diamond make the UFC scales for the first timeCredit: INSTAGRAM 2Israel Adesanya couldn't hold back his tears after his friend finally arrived at UFCCredit: INSTAGRAM The Middleweight Champion and Mathetha used to be kickboxers training at City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand before the former made it big in Dana White's promotion. But the Last Stylebender's friend followed him to the big dance and became the first ever Zimbabwean-born fighter to compete in the Octagon last weekend. BT Sport cameras caught Adesanya watching his team-mate make the ceremonial weigh-ins backstage last week. And the Nigerian-born bruiser broke down in tears after finally watching his close friend making it to the big stage. The clip then cut out to both fighters' past while they were...
    Getty Israel Adesanya prepares to fight Marvin Vettori during their UFC 263 middleweight championship match at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Appearing recently on ESPN’s “DC & RC” podcast, top-ranked UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith gave his take on middleweight king Israel Adesanya. “The Stylebender” is the most dominant middleweight champion fans have seen since Anderson Silva ruled the division. Last weekend, Adesanya notched his fourth title defense in a row, defeating Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision at UFC 271. Besides losing to then-light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz when Adesanya tried to earn 205-pound gold, The Last Stylebender is undefeated in MMA. Smith, who also works for ESPN as a fight analyst, believes there is one combatant in particular who has the “best chance” at beating Adesanya at middleweight. And that’s the man who has already done it twice in kickboxing, Alex Pereira. Pereira is 4-1 as a mixed martial artist and he made his UFC debut last year at UFC 268, finishing Andreas Michailidis with strikes. GettyAlex Pereira celebrates after...
    FORMER UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker enjoyed a heart-warming reunion with his family just days after losing his rematch with Israel Adesanya. The Reaper flew back to Australia immediately after his unsuccessful bid to end The Last Stylebender's reign as 185lb champ last weekend at UFC 271. 3Robert Whittaker suffered a second consecutive loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 271Credit: Getty 3But he was all smiles a few days later after being reunited with his kidsCredit: [email protected] After touching down in Sydney, Whittaker went to open the boot of his car to put his luggage in. And seconds after the boot opened, the Aussie's three children jumped up to surprise him. Dotting dad Whittaker mobbed his two sons and his daughter in an emotional embrace. Whittaker, 31, shared the wholesome clip with his 1.1million Instagram followers. The former champion's caption simply read: "Home sweet home." Whittaker's legion of fans quickly commented on the video, with one saying: "A world title means nothing when compared to this. CHECK CALENDARS Deadline for ‘$1,100 stim check’ passes as ‘$12,000’ payments offeredMEAL DEAL $870...
    Getty Images Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. Buy UFC 271 Israel Adesanya steps into the octagon to defend his belt at UFC 271 in a rematch against Robert Whittaker on Saturday. In the US, the UFC 271 PPV (10 p.m. ET start time) is available exclusively through ESPN+. Here are the different ways you can buy it and then watch a live stream of Adesanya vs Whittaker and all the other fights online:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageHow to Buy Adesanya vs Whittaker 2If You Don’t Have ESPN+You can buy a special bundle that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($69.99 value) and the UFC 271 PPV ($74.99 value) for $99.98. That’s work out to savings of $45 or about 31 percent: Buy ESPN+ & UFC 271 Bundle Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN+ right here ($6.99 for ESPN+, or $13.99 for a bundle of ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+), then follow the below directions for existing ESPN+...
    Getty Images Israel Adesanya. Buy UFC 271 The middleweight title is on the line at UFC 271 as champion Israel Adesanya faces off against Robert Whittaker on Saturday in Houston. In the US, the UFC 271 PPV (10 p.m. ET start time) is available exclusively through ESPN+. There are some different pricing options, so here’s a rundown of all the different ways to buy the PPV and then how to watch UFC 271 live on your TV or a variety of different devices:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageHow to Buy UFC 271 PPVIf You Don’t Have ESPN+You can buy a special bundle that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($69.99 value) and the UFC 271 PPV ($74.99 value) for $99.98. That’s work out to savings of $45 or about 31 percent: Buy ESPN+ & UFC 271 Bundle Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN+ right here ($6.99 for ESPN+, or $13.99 for a bundle of ESPN+, Hulu and...
    IT looks set to be an epic night of MMA action as Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker rematch at UFC 271. A reboot of their 2019 slug-fest, The Last Stylebender will be defending his UFC middleweight title infront of a packed house in Houston. 2Adesanya puts his title on the line in Houston on Saturday nightCredit: Reuters Adesanya is unbeaten at 170lbs, while Whittaker is hoping to show he is a different beast from his defeat three years ago. There's a packed undercard also on offer, with Jared Cannonier and Derrick Lewis in action. What is UFC 271 PPV price? Fight night is all set for Saturday, February 12 with the Toyota Center in Houston playing host. As usual, the UFC event is split up into three - early prelims, prelims and the main card. The early prelims will get underway at 6pm EST and can be found on UFC Fight Pass. Things then move onto the prelims from 8pm EST, with those fights live on ESPN2 and ESPN+. From 10pm, it's the main card which can only be...
    IT looks set to be an epic night of MMA action as Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker rematch at UFC 271. A reboot of their 2019 slug-fest, The Last Stylebender will be defending his UFC middleweight title infront of a packed house in Houston. 2Adesanya puts his title on the line in Houston on Saturday nightCredit: Reuters Adesanya is unbeaten at 170lbs, while Whittaker is hoping to show he is a different beast from his defeat three years ago. There's a packed undercard also on offer, with Jared Cannonier and Derrick Lewis in action. What is UFC 271 PPV price? Fight night is all set for Saturday, February 12 with the Toyota Center in Houston playing host. As usual, the UFC event is split up into three - early prelims, prelims and the main card. The early prelims will get underway at 6pm EST and can be found on UFC Fight Pass. Things then move onto the prelims from 8pm EST, with those fights live on ESPN2 and ESPN+. From 10pm, it's the main card which can only be...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA's new deal with the UFC has seen him become one of the top earners in the promotion. The dominant middleweight champion inked a new 'multi-fight' deal with the MMA leader earlier this week. 3Israel Adesanya has inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFCCredit: GETTY 3The deal has seen Adesanya become 'one of the top paid athletes in the history of mixed martial arts'Credit: REUTERS An excerpt of press release from The Last Stylebender's management read: "One of the most lucrative multi-fight deals in company history. "Adesanya, as a result of this deal, will be one of the top paid athletes in the history of mixed martial arts.” The precise value of Adesanya's deal won't be known until he fights in a state that requires the UFC to disclose fighter purses. But the Nigerian-born Kiwi is over the moon with his new pay packet, which he insists won't change his mentality. During the UFC 271 media day: "It's a big deal, it's a f***ing big deal. "And Eugene [Bareman] (Adesanya's coach0 was ecstatic, you see even he got...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA isn't ready to completely dismiss Darren Till's chances of winning UFC gold. Liverpudlian middleweight Till has fallen on tough times since he steamrolled his way to a crack at the welterweight title in September 2018. 5Darren Till steamrolled his way to a welterweight title shot in 2018Credit: PA 5But the pride of Liverpool has fallen on tough times, losing four of his last fiveCredit: GETTY 5But middleweight king Israel Adesanya is refusing to write off The GorillaCredit: INSTAGRAM Four defeats in his last five outings - including a submission loss to Derek Brunson last September - have left many wondering if Till can fulfil his dream of becoming Britain's second UFC champion. But Till's skid isn't enough for him to be completely written off by Adesanya, who sees similarities between The Gorilla's current woes and those endured by former middleweight champ Michael Bisping. Adesanya, an ambassador for leading cryptocurrency betting and gaming operator Stake.com, told SunSport: "Look, a classic case of another English middleweight: Michael Bisping. "Always hit and miss, always hit and miss. Until it was his moment...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA is hellbent on bringing the UFC to Africa before he walks away from the sport of mixed martial arts. Africa has experienced an explosion of interest in MMA over the last three years, with demand for the sport growing with each passing pay-per-view event. 5There has been an explosion of interest in MMA and the UFC in Africa over the last three yearsCredit: GETTY 5The UFC's three African-born champs have been responsible for the MMA boon on the continentCredit: UFC 5And middleweight king Israel Adesanya is determined to bring a UFC card to AfricaCredit: GETTY The boom has in large part been down to Kamaru Usman, Adesanya and Francis Ngannou's respective capturing of the welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight titles. The historic significance of the trio's title reigns is something Nigeria's Adesanya is very much aware of and hopes will culminate with the UFC eventually touching down on 'the great continent.' Adesanya, an ambassador for leading cryptocurrency betting and gaming operator Stake.com, told SunSport: "100 per cent [it's something I have to tick off]. "Because what me, Kamaru and...
    ISRAEL ADESANYA is eyeing an even more 'devastating' finish of middleweight rival Robert Whittaker second time around. The dynamic 185lb champion will renew his rivalry with The Reaper a week on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 271 in Houston, Texas. 6Israel Adesanya will renew his rivalry with Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 later this monthCredit: UFC 6The pair collided two years ago in the main event of a historic UFC 243 card in AustraliaCredit: GETTY 6Adesanya ripped the middleweight title from Whittaker's clutches with a second-round TKO victoryCredit: GETTY 6And The Last Stylebender is eyeing an even more emphatic victory second time aroundCredit: GETTY Nigerian-born New Zealander Adesanya scored a spectacular second-round knockout victory over Whittaker two years ago on a historic UFC 243 card to unify the middleweight titles. But motivation hasn't been an issue for The Last Stylebender going into his fourth title defence, which he hopes to make even more of a statement in. When asked how he's stayed motivated for his second tussle with Whittaker, Adesanya - an ambassador for leading cryptocurrency betting...
    Getty Israel Adesanya avoids Yoel Romero at UFC 248. Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya would have been “grounded and pounded to death” if he fought a former champion at light heavyweight. A major storyline in the MMA community in early 2021 was “The Last Stylebender’s” move up to 205 pounds to challenge then-champion Jan Blachowicz for the belt. Adesanya, who held an undefeated 20-0 professional MMA record, was poised to become a simultaneous two-division champion. And while Adesanya was preparing for the bout, there was a lot of chatter about Adesanya fighting former 205-pound king Jon Jones after the Blachowicz contest. Both combatants were actively throwing shots at each other on social media, with both showing interest in the showdown. GettyIsrael Adesanya celebrates his win over Derek Brunson and Jon Jones celebrates his second win over Daniel Cormier. However, Blachowicz played spoiler to the superfight, defeating The Last Stylebender by unanimous decision at UFC 259 in March 2021 and sending Adesanya back down to middleweight. The hype behind “Bones” vs. Adesanya died and there hasn’t...
    Paulo Costa wants 195 pound catchweight, says he won’t make 185 to fight Marvin Vettori in UFC Vegas 41 main event. UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa is so certain that he’ll miss weight ahead of UFC Vegas 41 that he’s already calling to change the 185-pound main event to a catchweight bout at 195 pounds. Costa is looking to get back in the win column after losing to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 253. After a hostile buildup to their fight, Adesanya knocked out Costa in the second round and dominated the bout for as long as it lasted. During his UFC Vegas 41 pre-fight press conference, Costa seemed candid when discussing his weight-cutting process before his fight with Marvin Vettori. “I think this fight will happen, and it won’t happen if he doesn’t want to fight me,” Costa said. “Maybe we can do a catchweight at 195, could be a more explosive and exciting fight for the fans. I think with both guys heavy, a knockout could happen. Easily.” “Right now, I’m at [211 pounds]. It isn’t on...
    LAS VEGAS — Many scoffed, or even laughed, at Marvin Vettori when he acted shocked at Bruce Buffer’s announcement following UFC 263 in June that made official Israel Adesanya’s unanimous decision victory over him in their middleweight title fight. Seconds before Buffer read the judges’ verdict, when Adesanya greeted Vettori after the final bell, Vettori told him he believed he’d won the bout. Adesanya responded by making an odd face that was caught on camera. Belief in oneself, however, is a critical element of success in all walks of life, but particularly in fighting. The legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali once said, “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” There are few in the UFC who believe in themselves more than Marvin Vettori, the fifth-ranked middleweight who on Saturday at UFC Vegas 41 will face No. 2 Paulo Costa in a critical matchup at Apex. Vettori is a -150 favorite at BetMGM to beat Costa (+125). Adesanya won his title fight with Vettori 50-45 on all three cards, but Vettori told Yahoo Sports he...
    Jamie Foxx Says He Is Not the Marrying Type in New Book: Maybe in a Few Decades Brazil Markets Sink on Fears Social Aid to Break Fiscal Rule LAS VEGAS — The middleweight bout on Saturday at Apex between No. 2 Paulo Costa and No. 5 Marvin Vettori figures to be a fan-friendly bout. The more fan-friendly you believe it will be, though, figures to influence who you believe will win the fight. Both men are coming off title fight losses to champion Israel Adesanya. Costa was stopped late in the second round in Abu Dhabi by Adesanya at UFC 253. Vettori dropped a five-round decision to Adesanya at UFC 263 in June. Vettori has fought three times since Costa has last been in the cage. And Costa, frankly, did not look good against Adesanya. He appeared to break mentally under the pressure and was dominated by the champion. If you look at the Costa prior to the Adesanya fight, you see one of the most dangerous men in the UFC. He was 13-0 with 11 knockouts and one...