Israel Adesanya Height, Weight, Records, Losses and Net Worth

Published 06/09/2021, 11:01 PM CDT
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is arguably one of the UFC’s biggest active stars. Since breaking out with 5 wins in his first year with the organization, Adesanya’s stock continued to grow with time. As it stands, he’s one of the most recognizable champions on the roster who is a cross-continental representative.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ is coming off the first loss of his professional career that came at the hands of Jan Blachowicz. Adesanya moved up to the light heavyweight division in an unsuccessful bid to capture the 205-pound strap. Despite the defeat, he is still the undisputed champion at 185-pounds with two title defenses under his belt already.

A brief look at Israel Adesanya’s UFC record

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Adesanya is a consummate professional at middleweight who has never missed the 185-mark on weigh-in day. He stands 6’4” tall with a giant 80’’ reach. This statistic has given him a decided edge in most of his career battles. The heaviest Adesanya has weighed in has been 200.5 pounds which was incidentally in his last fight against Blachowicz.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria poses on the scale during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya comes into his third title defense against Marvin Vettori with a 20-1-0 pro record, last having fought on March 06, 2021.

‘The Last Stylebender’ is a juggernaut at the box office, generating 1,675,000 total pay-per-view buys across three top-selling headlining features. His highest pulling PPV buy-in came at UFC 259. Israel Adesanya also won ‘Breakout Fighter of the Year 2018’ and was a part of the ‘Fight of the Year 2019’ for his scrap against Kelvin Gastelum.

Only career MMA loss

As mentioned earlier, Adesanya was undefeated right until his last octagon appearance, when he ran into Jan Blachowicz. The fight was a five-round affair, with Adesanya finding success early on in the contest. However, as the fight progressed, the Polish light heavyweight champion implemented his effective grappling to stifle ‘The Last Stylebender’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jan Blachowicz kept Adesanya down. Thus far, the middleweights on the roster haven’t been able to accomplish such a feat and some believe that the blueprint to beat Adesanya is out. However, the City Kickboxing standout would vehemently disagree with that notion.

Israel Adesanya: Net Worth and Sponsorships

Israel Adesanya’s disclosed career earnings come out to be $1,418,000 USD per Tapology, with room for incremental growth with each fight. Adesanya’s net worth per Clutch Points stands at $2,000,000. From his debut against Rob Wilkinson to his last middleweight title defense against Paulo Costa, Adesanya has gone from earning $153,000 to $690,000.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya of New Zealand poses for the media during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

His earnings have included several ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus checks and fight week incentive pay.

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As for sponsorships, Israel Adesanya is the first MMA fighter to sign a deal with Puma in September 2020. He also has endorsement deals with Australia-based MMA gear and training equipment company ‘Engage’. Furthermore, he is the brand ambassador for Skate.com.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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