UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya won his title in the most spectacular fashion and his pre-fight antics only added to the storied victory.
“The Last Stylebender” took on Robert Whittaker in front of 57,127 fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, which remains the biggest UFC crowd of all time, in 2019.
Ahead of the biggest fight of his life at UFC 243, Adesanya was preparing for victory but also working on a dance he showcased during his ring walk.
The 32-year-old wowed the crowded stadium when he performed a choreographed routine, which included an acrobatic aerial cartwheel, before stepping into the octagon.
It was a high risk move, as if he had lost to Whittaker he would have been showered with abuse for not taking the fight seriously and dancing when he should have been training for his greatest fight to date.
In fact, Adesanya’s dance routine only added to one of the most comprehensive performances in UFC history and made him a superstar.
Strickland divides opinion and Adesanya has made it clear he would never consider fighting him
How to watch UFC 276: Live stream, TV channel and UK start time
UFC star Molly McCann reveals how she saved a girl’s life while working at Subway
Masvidal mocks McGregor for using Proper Twelve whiskey to clean foot cup
Cannonier was kicked out of the military and weighed 300 pounds before becoming a UFC fighter
Hilarious Conor McGregor interview interrupted by skateboarder Max Holloway
The former kickboxer dominated Whittaker, dropping him late in the first round before knocking him out in spectacular fashion in the second round.
The New Zealander remains the UFC middleweight champion and put up several impressive defenses against Marvin Vettori, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero and he even beat ‘The Reaper’ for the second time.
Despite all this, he still considers his victory as the best moment of his career.
“It’s unreal. It’s nothing like you’ve ever felt before. I’m glad to be one of the privileged few [people] on this planet who has been able to experience it. I know it was in your hometown, I beat your boy. I’m sorry, not sorry,” Adesanya recently said of UFC 243.
Adesanya claimed to feel on top of the world after performing her dance routine and that confidence translated into one of the most impressive performances ever.
“Everything is energy. I went out there. I did my dance, I felt confident, I felt bada** and I knew I was pushing bears into enemy territory,” he said.
“To go out there and show what I’ve done is unreal. It’s one of those moments, not just in my career, but in my life, that I’ll never forget and that’s with me. for all time.
The UFC fan favorite hopes to create another lifetime memory when he returns to the octagon to defend his title again on July 2.
Adesanya is set to face top contender 185lbs Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 and has promised to be in top form that night, even predicting a knockout similar to the one Anderson Silva scored in 2009 .
“It’s going to be spectacular. Think UFC 101, Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin. Like, I’m just gonna be in the zone. I do not care. Stay tuned,” ‘Stylebender’ said on his YouTube channel.
It will be easier said than done against one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. Cannonier used to compete and knock out UFC fighters at heavyweight before dropping weight and finding his best form at middleweight.
‘The Killa Gorrilla’ has won five of his last six fights, earning stoppage victories over ‘The Spider’, Darren Till’s next opponent, Jack Hermansson, and the last man to beat the Englishman, Derek Brunson.
In the event of a victory against Cannonier, Adesanya could finally have the chance to avenge his most famous loss, which came against Alex Pereira in his kickboxing days.
The man who viciously knocked him out is fighting Sean Strickland on the UFC 276 undercard and whoever wins that fight would be next in line for a title shot.