WOW! Israel Adesanya Walks Out With Ghost of Tsushima Mask to Linkin Park’s Song

Published 06/13/2021, 1:06 AM EDT


The UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, defended his belt against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. As is common with all things Adesanya, ‘The Last Stylebender’ showed his flamboyance with his octagon entry.

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He made his walk to the Octagon on Linkin Park’s song ‘Somewhere I Belong’ and wore a Ghosts of Tsushima mask, thus paying tribute to his love for anime. Maybe this song choice was to signify that ‘The Last Stylebender‘ belongs to the middleweight division.

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Though Adesanya started the fight well, Vettori landed the early takedown. ‘Stylebender’, though, displayed his improved grappling as he was back up to his feet with relative ease. He started taking over eventually and put on a striking clinic on ‘The Italian Dream’.

Vettori shot in with some desperate takedown attempts, but in the end, he could not slow down the champion anymore. ‘Izzy’ controlled the tempo for most of the fight and earned a dominant unanimous decision in his favor.

What’s next for Israel Adesanya after UFC 263?

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Since starting his career in the UFC, ‘Stylebender’ has shown immense activity. This type of busy schedule is not common for every fighter. Even after suffering his first career loss at UFC 259, he returned quickly after a short time. Considering this, one can expect him to make the same sort of return next time too.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Robert Whittaker is probably next in line for the champion. Ever since ‘Izzy’ won the belt after his second-round stoppage win over ‘The Reaper’ at UFC 243, there has been talk of a rematch.

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No matter when he fights, could we see ‘The Last Stylebender’ come up with another impressive entrance? What did you make of his UFC 263 entrance?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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