WATCH: Israel Adesanya Shows off Some Crazy Moves as He Prepares for His Upcoming Rematch Against Robert Whittaker 

Published 12/28/2021, 7:56 AM EST


One of the best strikers in the MMA scene, Israel Adesanya, plans to show his next opponent some new moves. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will clash against No.1 ranked UFC middleweight, Robert Whittaker at UFC 271.

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Although Izzy previously showed his doubts about the matchup, he now seems to be in full-grind mode. The two middleweights will fight each other at Sun, Feb 13 at Toyota Center, Houston United States, and that will be their second confrontation.

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The two previously locked horns at UFC 243, where Adesanya took the belt from Whittaker with a nasty knockout in the second round. Since that fight, Bobby Knuckles hasn’t lost a single match and is on a three-fight win streak.

Consequently, both the fighters are training for the upcoming rematch. Recently, Israel posted a video of him busting out some crazy moves during his training on his YouTube channel. He shared a training camp video of a trip to Taekwondo champion Carl Van Roon’s academy in New Zealand.

During the training, he showed his iteration of the capoeira kick and revealed why training with young fighters is necessary. The 32-year-old Nigerian said, “There’s always more to learn. You can learn from anyone, from the young-ins”

Israel Adesanya feels inspired before the big rematch

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In the same video, he shared, “I’m sure most of them, look at me and think, ‘He’s a UFC champion-‘Stylebender’. What can I possibly teach him?’ Trust, they can teach me a lot. And they’ve taught me a lot today, already just watching the way, even in the first drill, the way they were snapping the kicks. I was like, O. K, I need to bring that back.”

Israel also felt inspired after watching Carl Van Roon‘s moves and his past fights. He stated, “It kind of inspires me to want to do some more cool sh-t because I’m about the cool sh*t, I’m about the highlights and he’s a dangerous man.”

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Both the fighters are looking to preserve their winning streak and are putting their best effort into doing so.

Who do you think will win? Israel Adesanya or Robert Whittaker? Share your picks in the comments below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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