Who Is Israel Adesanya’s Father – Oluwafemi Adesanya?

Published 06/08/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya of New Zealand poses for the media during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Israel Adesanya is someone who has reached the pinnacle of the sport but still hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Nigerian fighter is the eldest of five children. His father, Oluwafemi Adesanya, is an accountant, while his mother was a nurse.


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Throughout his life, many people have supported Adesanya at various points. However, his father is someone who has been with him throughout his career. Adesanya has always talked about how he looks up to his father and how he always counts on his guidance.

During the UFC 259 pre-fight conference, Adesanya wore a t-shirt with ‘Dadesanya’ written on it to honor his father.


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‘The Last Stylebender’ had taken to Twitter to share what he felt towards his parents. He shared a picture of him wearing this shirt and a picture with his mother. With the image, Adesanya wrote, “Give your loved ones their flowers while they’re here to receive them.”

This gesture clearly shot how much Adesanya loves both his parents. Adesanya has time and again talked about how his father helps him with preparing for fights. Even though Adesanya and his father live in different cities, they both connect often to discuss his fights.

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Adesanya never backs down from showing love to his father. He knows how much his father has struggled to help him become this global superstar. Adesanya gifted his father a brand new $200,000 Bentley and took to Twitter to share the news.

“Upgraded my pops cuz he the realest on my team!. I don’t wait for my loved ones to pass on before I give them their (bouquet image).

When you help me garden, you deserve all the flowers,” Adesanya wrote.

Israel Adesanya had lashed out on Jon Jones when he commented on his father

The feud between Adesanya and Jones had been growing for some time, and it reached its boiling point on October 6, 2020. The personal feud started after Adesanya talked about how his father had already told him how to beat Jones.

Jones then talked about Adesanya’s father, which triggered Adesanya. ‘The Last Stylebender’ then went on the target Jones for talking about his father. Adesanya even mentioned Jones’s deceased mother, which did not go well with anyone.


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“He wants to get down and dirty and start mentioning family members. And people are like, oh! Mention his Dad instead. It’s not up to you to decide what I do. You mentioned my family this whole f****ng season. You’re lucky I didn’t come for other members of your family.”

The reaction that Adesanya had after Jones talked about his father clearly shows how much he loves him. His father has been with him through everything, he helps him with his fighting and training.


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Israel Adesanya is the king of middleweight and is one of the best UFC fighters out there. And for him to reach there, his father Oluwafemi Adesanya has played a huge role.


Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.