A Nigerian, Israel Adesanya, has emerged as the new the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC middleweight interim champion.
Adesanya who is based in New Zealand beat American Kelvin Gastelum by a unanimous decision to lift the UFC middleweight interim belt in a fight of the year contender on Saturday night.
The latest victory means Adesanya remains unbeaten in the UFC with a 6-0 record and sets up a dream trans-Tasman unification bout with reigning middleweight champion.
At the end of the five rounds, all three judges scored the fight, that was closer than many expected, 48-46 in favour of Adesanya. Both fighters finished the bout with blood smeared faces.
Born in Nigeria, ‘The Last Stylebender’ as Adesanya is fondly referred to moved to New Zealand when he was 13. His entire fighting career has been based out of his adopted country.
“It ain’t about how you start, it’s about how you finish”