New Zealeand-based Israel Adesanya is the new UFC Middleweight Champion after knocking out Robert Whittaker in the second round of the championship fight which held in Melbourne, Australia.
The Nigerian-born 30-year old fighter has won all seven of his fights in the UFC and now extended his perfect professional record to 18-0.
It took Adesanya 3 minutes 35 seconds to capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title when he knocked out Whittaker with a right hook-left hook combination in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.
A former kickboxing star, Adesanya exploded onto the global MMA scene only last year after arriving in the UFC with an undefeated 11-0 record. He is considered one of the hottest up-and-coming MMA athletes with a charisma and ability to promote fights.
“I was in the nosebleeds,” Adesanya told UFC commentator Jon Anik in his post-fight interview. “Now I made his nose bleed.
“He threw everything we expected. We had everything from his Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. We had everything up to Plan Z.”
Adesanya’s first test as undisputed middleweight champion looks set to come against Brazilian contender, Paulo Costa, who was a prominent figure at cageside on fight night.