​Nigerian Israel Adesanya becomes UFC Middleweight Champion

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Nigerian Israel Adesanya defeated  Robert Whittaker to become the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champ

Adesanya made his UFC debut on February 11, 2018 and has won 7 fights in 20 months. He dethroned Robert Whittaker in stunning fashion, knocking him out in the second round to unify the division in front of a UFC-record crowd of 57,127 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium

As he did all week, Adesanya exuded confidence from the moment he entered the arena, performing a routine with a group of dancers during his walk-in.​

The challenge for Whittaker was always going to be finding a way around Adesanya’s six-and-a-half inch reach advantage and he immediately came out looking to close the distance with his explosive blitz.

He was the more aggressive fighter in the first round, unleashing a number of swinging shots. But Adesanya kept his composure, expertly staying out of trouble as he established his range.

Then just when the round looked to be over, Adesanya scored the first big moment of the fight, dropping Whittaker right as the bell went.

With Whittaker having time to recover, Adesanya didn’t try to force the issue at the start of the second but he was well in the groove by now.

The Aussie still had plenty of intent but he could barely catch Adesanya. When he did, Adesanya stunned him with a right-hand counter and followed it up with a left hook that dropped Whittaker once again.

Adesanya went to finish him off on the canvas but the referee quickly intervened to usher in his reign.

His (18-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) undefeated career reached the pinnacle when he scored a second-round knockout victory to dethrone Whittaker. 📷: ESPN

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