Israel Adesanya News
MMA legend Demetrious Johnson doesn't think Israel Adesanya is ready to fight Dricus Du Plessis: "I don't like that fight for Izzy"
Fernando Quiles - February 21, 2024
Dana White shuts down rumor of Israel Adesanya vs. Khamzat Chimaev headlining UFC Saudi Arabia
Cole Shelton - February 20, 2024
Watch | Israel Adesanya's live reaction to Ilia Topuria knocking out Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298
Harry Kettle - February 19, 2024
Eugene Bareman says Israel Adesanya is "finished his little hiatus" as return nears
Cole Shelton - February 14, 2024
UFC star Israel Adesanya places massive bet on Super Bowl LVIII game between Kansas City Chiefs & San Francisco 49ers
Fernando Quiles - February 11, 2024
Israel Adesanya teases potential return at UFC 300: "The gods must be crazy"
Cole Shelton - February 1, 2024
Former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is teasing a return at UFC 300. Adesanya is coming off a decision loss to Sean Strickland in September to lose his middleweight title and after the fight, he said he would be taking some much-needed time off. ‘The Last Stylebender’ originally joked he would be off until 2027, but clarified he’s focusing on quality fights and not quantity in the back-end of his career.
Israel Adesanya’s coach names three fighters as “the most obvious options” for his UFC return
Susan Cox - January 26, 2024
Israel Adesanya’s coach has named three fighters as ‘the most obvious options’ for his return to the UFC. Mike Angove of ‘City Kickboxing’ shared with ‘Sky Sports New Zealand’ that Adesanya is back but the decision of when and who he will fight in the Octagon lies in the hands of the UFC:
Robert Whittaker explains why he’s picking “awkward” Dricus du Plessis to defeat Israel Adesanya
Harry Kettle - January 26, 2024
UFC star Robert Whittaker has explained why he’s picking Dricus du Plessis to defeat Israel Adesanya in their rumored showdown. Last weekend, Dricus du Plessis made a pretty emphatic statement when defeated Sean Strickland to become the new UFC middleweight champion. The win completed his meteoric rise to the top of the 185-pound division.
Dricus du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya grudge match odds revealed
Zain Bando - January 23, 2024
Just days after winning the UFC middleweight title, discussions of a potential blockbuster fight between Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya are beginning to ramp up so much so that Las Vegas oddsmakers have noted how the bout looks from a betting perspective. Dricus Du Plessis’ upset over Sean Strickland made him the first-ever UFC champion from South Africa and the fourth African-born UFC champion in promotional history. The victory improved his UFC mark to 7-0, adding to an impressive Octagon resume.
WATCH: Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis train together in old sparring footage
Josh Evanoff - January 23, 2024
REPORT | Israel Adesanya isn't ready to fight on UFC 300 card in Las Vegas
Fernando Quiles - January 21, 2024
It isn’t looking like Israel Adesanya will be featured on the UFC 300 card. Fight fans are eagerly anticipating the historic event, which is set to take place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13. While the card is shaping up quite nicely with some marquee fights, many believe the missing ingredient is a strong main event.
Dricus du Plessis says callout of Israel Adesanya is nothing personal: “UFC 300 sounds amazing”
Harry Kettle - January 21, 2024
UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis has made it clear that there’s nothing personal behind his callout of Israel Adesanya. Last night at UFC 297, Dricus du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland via split decision to become the new king of the middleweights. The two men engaged in a back and forth war, with many scorecards being all over the place across social media.
Israel Adesanya responds to callout from UFC middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis: “This arc in my story was written long ago”
Chris Taylor - January 21, 2024
Israel Adesanya has responded after being called out by newly crowned UFC middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis. Du Plessis (21-2 MMA) got his first crack at UFC gold this evening in Toronto when he challenged Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA) for the promotion’s undisputed 185lbs title.
Joe Rogan dismisses idea Israel Adesanya underestimated Sean Strickland in title loss: "He's just that good"
Josh Evanoff - January 19, 2024
UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that Sean Strickland is just that good ahead of his first middleweight title defense. ‘Tarzan’ is currently slated to make his first UFC title defense tomorrow night, in Toronto, Canada. In the pay-per-view main event, Sean Strickland will face the rising South African, Dricus du Plessis. ‘Stillknocks’ earned the title opportunity with a knockout win over Robert Whittaker last July.
Dricus Du Plessis reacts after “irrelevant” Israel Adesanya picks him to defeat Sean Strickland at UFC 297
Susan Cox - January 19, 2024
Sean Strickland responds after Israel Adesanya picks Dricus Du Plessis to win at UFC 297: "Shut your f*****g mouth"
Cole Shelton - January 18, 2024
UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland has responded to Israel Adesanya picking Dricus Du Plessis to beat him at UFC 297. Strickland is coming off a one-sided decision win over Adesanya in September to become the new middleweight champion. It was a shocking result, and ‘The Last Stylebender’ doesn’t see the American’s reign lasting long as he believes Du Plessis’ wrestling and grappling will be the difference.
Sean Strickland on a potential rematch with Israel Adesanya at UFC 300: “How much are you paying me?”
Susan Cox - January 18, 2024
Sean Strickland is addressing the idea of a potential rematch with Israel Adesanya at UFC 300. It was Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA) vs. Israel Adesanya (24-3 MMA) in a middleweight title fight last September at UFC 293.
Sean Strickland responds after being labeled a hypocrite by Israel Adesanya, Ian Garry and other UFC fighters: “Do you think I give a f**k?”
Susan Cox - January 18, 2024
Sean Strickland is responding after being labeled a hypocrite by Israel Adesanya, Ian Garry and other UFC fighters. Strickland, 32, is known for trash talking opponents (and others) leading up to or following fights. As of late, fighters, like ‘The Last Stylebender‘, have come forward saying that while he can easily hand out the trash talk, he can’t take it.
Dricus du Plessis reveals the “mistake” Israel Adesanya made in UFC 293 fight with Sean Strickland: “He just saw a guy that is not on his level”
Harry Kettle - January 18, 2024
UFC star Dricus du Plessis has explained the mistake he believes Israel Adesanya made against Sean Strickland. At UFC 293, Sean Strickland shocked the world. He defeated Israel Adesanya to claim the UFC middleweight championship, and he did so with relative ease. Now, just four months later, he has the chance to defend what he earned when he goes head to head with Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297.
Dricus Du Plessis says he’s open to fighting Israel Adesanya at UFC 300: “Give the fans what they want”
Josh Evanoff - January 17, 2024
Israel Adesanya takes aim at Sean Strickland for getting “triggered” over trash talk from Dricus Du Plessis
Susan Cox - January 17, 2024
Israel Adesanya has taken aim at Sean Strickland for getting ‘triggered’ over the trash talk from Dricus Du Plessis. UFC 297 is taking place on Saturday, January 20th at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sean Strickland offers unique theory why Israel Adesanya 'crumbled' against him at UFC 293
Josh Evanoff - January 16, 2024
UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland believes Israel Adesanya’s mental state led to his upset win. ‘Tarzan’ is currently slated to return to the octagon this Saturday night. In the main event of UFC 293, Sean Strickland will look to defeat the rising Dricus du Plessis. ‘Stillknocks’ earned the title opportunity last July, scoring a knockout win over Robert Whittaker. The South African then faced off with Israel Adesanya, in a fight that might not happen.
Israel Adesanya shares timeline for UFC return after suffering an undisclosed injury
Susan Cox - January 11, 2024
Israel Adesanya is sharing a timeline for his UFC return after suffering an undisclosed injury. The former middleweight champion, Adesanya (24-3 MMA) last fought and was defeated by Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA) last September at UFC 293.
Israel Adesanya avoids conviction for drunk driving charge, but receives fine among other penalties
Cole Shelton - January 10, 2024
Israel Adesanya avoided conviction for his drunk driving charge in New Zealand. Adesanya was charged on August 19 for drunk driving as he was operating a car with 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, which is over the legal limit of 50 milligrams. The maximum penalty for the drunk driving charge is a term of imprisonment of three months or a fine of $4500. The incident happened just weeks before his title defense against Sean Strickland which he lost by decision.
Israel Adesanya admits he's on “the back end" of his career, focused on "quality" fights not quantity in 2024
Cole Shelton - January 9, 2024
Israel Adesanya opens up on decision to take UFC hiatus: "I missed the beast"
Josh Evanoff - January 8, 2024
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya felt that he badly needed time off after his last fight. ‘The Last Stylebender’ has been out of the octagon since a clash with Sean Strickland last September. Fighting in Australia in the main event of UFC 293, Israel Adesanya approached the title defense as any other. The normally-active middleweight had famously re-captured the title from Alex Pereira just months prior, by knockout.
Israel Adesanya reveals his corner advised him against going for broke in fifth round of UFC title fight with Sean Strickland
Susan Cox - January 8, 2024
Israel Adesanya has revealed that his corner advised him against going for broke in the fifth round of his UFC title fight with Sean Strickland. UFC 293, which took place in September of last year, saw the then current champion Israel Adesanya (24-3 MMA) take on Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA) in a middleweight title bout.