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How did Israel Adesanya respond to the title “Fighter of the Year 2020”?

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.

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Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa as coach

Not only on the floor, the two hottest fighters of the UFC medium will add a new responsibility: as the trainer of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) – the popular reality TV show of UFC is expected to return in the near future. That is a confirmation confirmed by President Dana White in a series of recent interviews on Reddit. 

In addition to revealing the return of The Ultimate Fighter, President Dana White did not say anything more about the program that made the audience curious. Who will be the coach of the upcoming TUF season, who will lead the clash of new talents coming to UFC? 

And recently, UFC BLV Joe Rogan has revealed that the face that will lead the two teams to confront in The Ultimate Fighter season is the defending champion Israel Adesanya and the great rival Paulo Costa. 

In The Ultimate Fighter, the boxers will be divided into 2 teams under the guidance of 2 coaches – usually the fighters who are competing at UFC. Living in the same area, fighters will practice and compete to get their official debut at UFC. 

Beginning in 2005, The Ultimate Fighter has produced dozens of fighters and champions for UFC. Training – activities – competitions at TUF also help UFC build natural “dramas” among martial artists – the biggest attraction that TUF brings.  As two face-to-face confrontations in the middle class, the fact that Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa are coaches at TUF last season will bring a lot of drama to this program. And of course, the audience hopes that the two boxers will end their resentment with a title match, with the reserve matches being their students competing for the UFC contract.