Israel Adesanya Stoked After Becoming the Only UFC Champion to Repeat $200 Million Rich Conor McGregor’s Wild Achievement

Published 09/06/2023, 7:25 AM EDT

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It’s official! Israel Adesanya is featured as the cover athlete on the deluxe edition of EA’s UFC 5 bound to hit the stores next month. With all the hype and anticipation around the upcoming UFC game, this news comes as a big surprise to many ‘Stylebender’ fans. But did you know that there’s another UFC star who has had the same privilege prior to ‘Izzy’?

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For those of you who don’t know – UFC’s ‘Notorious’ $200-million-worth Conor McGregor is also one of the A-listers to make it to the cover of this prestigious EA game. What’s more – ‘Izzy’ and ‘Notorious’ are toe-to-toe when it comes to the number of times they’ve featured on the cover of this game. Both the UFC stars have featured on the cover twice now – a feat that speaks to the popularity and fanbase of these UFC hotshots. Recently, ‘Izzy’ had a chance to reflect on his thoughts about the same – and this time, he won over fans’ hearts with some intriguing inside scoop about the upcoming game. 

Israel Adesanya joins Conor McGregor in the UFC game cover Hall of Fame

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Just days away from his UFC 293 appearance, the ‘Stylebender’ recently sat down for an interview with MMAFightingonSBN. During his Q&A session with the press pool, he made some intriguing comments about his rival Sean Strickland. However, when asked about his take on being featured on the UFC 5 game cover, ‘Izzy’ made some revealing statements.

It was evident that the Middleweight champion was stoked by this accolade. He kicked off his statements, replying, “It’s[UFC 5] awesome! I’ve played the game – it’s better than the last one. Like – the fluidity, the buttons are changed a little bit.”

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But the excitement didn’t stop there. Adesanya went on to drop a thrilling revelation – he’s now a two-time cover athlete, a distinction he shares with none other than the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor himself. He remarked, “Yeah – it’s cool! I don’t know if anyone has done it twice… Has anyone done it twice? Conor – okay – sweet! So you’re like – it’s cool to be on that same echelon of a guy who’s done it twice as well.”

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While Adesanya didn’t divulge too many details about the game, he did tease fans with the promise of exciting surprises. “I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s good – it’s really good! And there’s some surprises you guys would really like in this game.”

 

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With the anticipation building for the release of UFC 5, it’s clear that both Adesanya and McGregor’s presence on the cover adds an extra layer of excitement for fans. As ‘Izzy’ prepares for his UFC 293 appearance, he’s not only gearing up for the fight but also celebrating a remarkable achievement in the virtual octagon. Ironically enough – on the other hand, his rival Sean Strickland is taking jibes at Andrew Tate and has labeled him as a ‘con artist’ recently. 

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So, for MMA enthusiasts and gamers alike, the release of EA’s UFC 5 promises not only thrilling gameplay but also the chance to step into the shoes of two iconic UFC champions, Israel Adesanya and Conor McGregor, who have now etched their names in the annals of UFC game history. What do you think of this remarkable achievement bestowed upon the Middleweight nightmare? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ashish Tiwari

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