Israel Adesanya: Every Single Loss in His Career

Published 06/08/2021, 9:49 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Yoel Romero of Cuba in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is one of the best fighters in MMA. The Nigerian native has a record of 20-1 and is still undefeated in his division of middleweight. He will defend his middleweight title against Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC 263.

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Ahead of his fight, take a look at all of his losses in MMA and also during his career as a professional kickboxer.

Israel Adesanya and his first loss in MMA against Jan Blachowicz

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Adesanya’s first loss in MMA came at the hands of Jan Blachowicz. Blachowicz had just captured the vacant light heavyweight title after beating Dominick Reyes via knockout in the second round. The former champion Jon Jones had left the division to challenge at heavyweight.

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)

This was the perfect time for Adesanya to move up and join a list of elite few who have been champions in two different weight classes. He capitalized on this opportunity, and the UFC set up the fight. This was Blachowicz’s first title defense, and he was an underdog in the fight.

However, Adesanya didn’t make up for the weight disparity and weighed in 15 pounds lighter than the Polish Powerhouse. This move backfired spectacularly as Blachowicz outclassed Adesanya on the ground. The first round was fairly even, but it all went down for ‘The Last Stylebender’ from thereon.

The judges awarded Blachowicz the unanimous decision win, which also included a few 10-8 rounds in between. It was total domination, but Adesanya wasn’t deterred. In his words, he dared to be great, and he’ll come back stronger.

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His losses during his kickboxing days

That was his only loss in MMA, but that wasn’t the only martial art Adesanya had practiced. He was a renowned kickboxer in his own right and had an incredible record of 75-5. Of his five losses, four had come via decision, and he was knocked out once.

Alex Pereira of Brazil knocked him out after beating him once before via decision. Incidentally, that was also Adesanya’s last kickboxing fight before he moved to MMA. Simon Marcus, Jason Wilnis, and Filip Verlinden were the other fighters who beat him. However, he did avenge his loss against Verlinden in his very next fight.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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