Israel Adesanya Channels His Inner Blade in Latest Pictures

Published 01/12/2022, 6:20 AM EST


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is preparing for his next challenge. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will take on the former champion, Robert Whittaker, at UFC 271 in a rematch. Both men previously met at UFC 243, where Adesanya knocked out the then champion in the second round.

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As he prepares for his fourth title defense, Adesanya seems to have taken inspiration from a popular Marvel character.

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In the latest photos posted by him, he is seen swimming and channeling his inner ‘Blade’- A popular Marvel character that was portrayed by Wesley Snipes in the live-action depiction.

The Last Stylebender’ wrote, “My name ain’t Wesley… but I snipe.”

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Since winning the belt, the Nigerian-born New Zealand mixed martial artist has defended it thrice. However, he is not the only one on a streak, as ‘The Reaper‘ has bounced back in a big way since the defeat. Whittaker is currently on a three-fight win streak and has gone on to beat some of the top contenders in the division.

Fans have been waiting for the rematch ever since Adesanya put Whittaker to sleep, and it is finally happening.

Israel Adesanya is motivated to claim a massive win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 271

The former champion has accepted that his ego was a big part of him not having his mind on the fight the last time. This has only motivated Adesanya and driven him to prepare in the best way possible, as he feels ‘The Reaper’ has a point to prove.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ would be hoping to perform like Blade on the day of the fight in order to retain his title.

Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2 will be a banger if both men live up to their words.

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Do you think ‘The Last Stylebender’ Israel Adesanya will come out on top once again? Or will Robert Whittaker reclaim his UFC middleweight title at UFC 271? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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