The Nigerian champion had a great year overcoming the competition, preserving his unbeaten record and the title of martial artist of the year.
Recently, the prestigious magazine Fighters Only has announced the list of the most prominent faces of 2020 in the World MMA Awards series. Most notably, the title “Fighter Of The Year” went to the UFC midsize champion – “The Last Stylebender” Israel Adesanya.
With a total voting time from January 2019 to July 2020, Israel Adesanya overcame many other competitors to become the best name of the MMA village in the world.
To achieve this position, Israel Adesanya overcame the names Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, to the championship by defeating Robert Whittaker knockout in 2019.
By 2020, Izzy (his intimate name) continues to surpass Yoel Romero and defeat Paulo Costa – maintaining a record of 20 unbeaten matches on the MMA floor.
From style, entertainment ability to attraction to the audience, Adesanya excellently performed beyond the expectations of many spectators. Except for a somewhat unattractive match against Yoel Romero at UFC 248, all 4 remaining performances received positive reviews.
“He did it again, as I predicted a year ago.” – Israel Adesanya praised herself when she heard the award.
Although there are doubts about the potential, the previous defeats (on the Kickboxing floor), the ability to maintain the unbeaten circuit or this is the promotion to challenge the heavyweight belt holder Jan Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya always set the item Target forward to prove yourself the best.
“I’ve lost in the past, but that doesn’t change me as a great martial artist. Every time I lose, I reappear and take down someone.” – Adesanya talks about his point of view. “Being unbeaten is just a title people try to keep like any other title, and I know being beatable.”
“But when I walk under the high-pressure light, in a large stage where the pressure is full of me but still with a sense of comfort, I don’t lose easily. I will continue this journey as I do slowly. Until now. Just follow me”.
It is expected that in March, Israel Adesanya will take the stage with heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, the match is likely to lead the UFC 259 event.
With the ambition of being the next boxer to win 2 weight classes at the same time, Adesanya even aims to move to heavyweight competition, defeat Jon Jones or become the first person to win 3 weight classes in the UFC.