VIDEO: Israel Adesanya Adds a New Weapon to His Striking Arsenal Ahead of the Robert Whittaker Rematch

Published 08/03/2021, 9:48 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: (R-L) Israel Adesanya of New Zealand taunts Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is a force to reckon with, not just in the middleweight division, but UFC in its entirety. The New Zealander has thwarted every challenge threw upon him in the most clinical way possible.

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While he may rue the fact that he wasn’t able to become dual division champ, he still can keep his head high for the ruthlessness he carries in his own division. The kickboxing master has mastered every field of martial arts, as everything including striking, boxing, grappling and other aspects serve with equal importance.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand is introduced prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So, the question may arise, what else? While any other fighter would be content with these many attributes, Adesanya is a different beast. He has continued to grow and is likely to continue growing.

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Recently, ‘The Last Stylebender‘ took to Twitter and shared a video of him practicing a new move. During a practice session with his trainer, Adesanya did a session of back kicks to the body. While his front kicks to the body have seen him down many opponents, this new move would elevate his game even further.

He could be possibly learning this new move for his rematch against a dangerous Robert Whittaker. The latter, in all likelihood, is the next opponent for ‘The Last Stylebender’.

Israel Adesanya sends a stern message to the middleweight division

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The New Zealand native, who recently turned 32, had also posted a tweet targeting his fellow division mates. Since none of them have been able to beat him, he urged them to either get better or prepare better excuses if they lose.

Adesanya (21-1) wrote, PSA: Middleweights…you’re f*cked. Another metamorphosis happened on my 32nd trip around the sun. Bottom line, it has come to my attn that Imma need to #applypressure on everything. But yea, all you c*nts at 185 get better or get better excuses. Have a good day!”

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It will be interesting to see if Whittaker can really stop Adesanya. The Australian has been in top form since his previous loss and could pose the toughest challenge yet. But then again, you can’t bet against Adesanya in this fight considering the amount of improvement he has made since the first battle.

What did you make of Adesanya’s new weapon? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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