Israel Adesanya announced himself onto the global MMA scene at last weekend’s UFC 221 and after watching his highlight reel, you’d be hard-pressed not to jump aboard his hype-train.
UFC 221 was a hit for a myriad of reasons but one of the key talking-points that emerged from what was a truly fun night of fights was the stunning display on the feet from the famed kickboxer-turned-MMA prospect Israel Adesanya, who moved to 12-0 in pro-MMA with a pretty destructive win over Rob Wilkinson.
Entering the UFC with a background that includes 11 knockout wins in 11 MMA fights, A 50-5-2 kickboxing record and a 5-1 professional boxing tally, Adesanya’s performance last weekend only served as proof to the middleweights of the UFC that his development into the multi-layered game of mixed martial arts is going smoothly and with his striking prowess beyond any doubt, they should all be wary that there’s a new player in the 185lb game.
He has been compared to Jon Jones in recent times, and while Jones’ past as a greco-roman wrestler is perhaps the direct opposite to Adesanya’s pedigree, the comparison is more of a testament to his ridiculous potential than anything else.
Watch his frighteningly brutal highlight reel below.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena