Adesanya is 20-0 since transitioning from kickboxing to become a MMA fighter, and his next fight will see him move up a weight class to compete against Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight crown at UFC 259.
Adesanya is a huge draw for Dana White in the UFC, and his fights are among the most anticipated in the sport.
That comes with quite a nice payday every time Izzy steps into the ring, and “The Last Stylebender” has earned a solid fortune from his fighting career.
Israel Adesanya’s UFC Career
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Israel Adesanya, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in New Zealand, started out as a kickboxer, going 75-5 in his professional career with 48 knockouts, before transitioning to the UFC as a mixed martial arts fighter.
He then started training in MMA at City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand, alongside trainer Eugene Bareman.
Adesanya got off to a roaring start in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, winning his first 12 fights via knockout, including a bout at UFC 221 in 2012 where he defeated Rob Wilkinson via TKO in the second round and earned Performance of the Night win bonus.
He then defeated Marvin Vettori via decision, fighting under the main card headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.
His next fight was a unanimous decision against Brad Tavares. The Nigerian then handled Derek Brunson in the Octagon at UFC 230.
In 2019, Adesanya drew a headline fight against Anderson Silva, disposing of the Brazilian via unanimous decision at UFC 234 and earning the Fight of the Night bonus once again.
Adesanya earned the middleweight championship in April 2019 after defeating Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision at UFC 236. He defended his title against Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 that same year, taking down Whittaker via knockout.
The superstar has defended his belt a total of four times. The most recent two came via an unanimous decision against Yoel Romero and a knockout win against Paulo Costa at UFC 248 and UFC 253, respectively.
He faces arguably his toughest task yet in March 2021, when Adesanya — the UFC middleweight champion — will move into the light heavyweight weight class to fight Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt.
In addition to the fight against Blachowicz, there have been rumblings of a potential bout between Adesanya and Jon Jones, though it’s unclear when that potential showdown would occur.
Israel Adesanya Net Worth
Israel Adesanya has made a solid amount of money from his career as a UFC fighter and champ.
In addition to his fight winnings, his net worth has also been boosted by the UFC’s deal with Reebok and his sponsorship from Puma.
According to reports, Adesanya boasts an estimated net worth of $2 million.