‘Nurture the Inner Child in You’- Israel Adesanya Has a Message for the Anime Fans

Published 03/04/2021, 12:59 AM EST
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)


UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, is one of the most off-beat personalities in MMA and in the UFC. ‘Stylebender’ loves to watch anime and is a big fan of shows like Naruto, Death Note, and more. He also copies moves and actions from those shows inside the Octagon.

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Many people claim that those antics from Adesanya are childish and immature. However, Izzy doesn’t care what the haters say as he has a message for his anime fans.

“Stick to your ninja way. That’s all. F**k everyone else. I mean they try and jump on the train now saying anime is cool. Even I still get sh*t people. Oh, he’s 31 He’s 31 so I don’t know why they feel the need to have to tell me how what’s a like at my age, just because they can’t get in touch with the inner child in them. Amen. Nurture the inner child in you. All right. But yeah, I like to enjoy,” said Adesanya.

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‘Stylebender’ fights Jan Blachowicz this weekend at UFC 259 as he looks to achieve the prestigious champ-champ status. Only the likes of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo have been able to become simultaneous two-division champions in the UFC. Adesanya wants to join that company. However, he will have a tough task at hand, come Saturday.

Blachowicz is a much bigger fighter in terms of size and carries a different kind of power compared to the middleweights Adesanya has been fighting in his UFC career. Moreover, he could test Adesanya’s prowess on the ground.

Why is Israel Adesanya known as ‘The Last Stylebender’?

Adesanya’s nickname ‘The Last Stylebender‘ originates from the American animated action-adventure and fantasy film, ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. Adesanya is a fan of the movie and has designed his nickname based on the film name.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

His fans should keep his advice in mind as they will keep a close eye on his fight this weekend. With a win, Adesanya can create UFC history and achieve legendary status. His undefeated record is set for a stern test at UFC 259.

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Do you see Adesanya pulling an anime-like overcoming the odds victory at UFC 259?

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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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