WATCH: Teary-Eyed Israel Adesanya Gets Emotional Seeing His Friend Blood Diamond in the UFC Octagon

Published 02/13/2022, 10:30 AM EST

Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya made his fourth UFC title defense at UFC 271 against the former champion, Robert Whittaker. Even though it was a close fight, this contest made it clear how far ahead Adesanya is of his competition.

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The fighter was extremely skillful and calm throughout the fight and won the bout by unanimous decision.

Adesanya recently posted a video that showcased his behind-the-scenes journey for his fight at UFC 271. In the video, we can see how Adesanya got extremely emotional when he saw his best friend, Blood Diamond, in the UFC octagon.

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The middleweight champion shed a tear when the announcer called out his best friend’s name and he was up on the big screens of the arena. ‘Blood Diamond’ made his UFC debut at UFC 271, and his best friend, Adesanya, was headlining the event.

His best friend, Blood Diamond, is also from New Zealand. The fighter took on Jeremiah Wells at UFC 271 and lost his UFC debut fight via first-round submission.

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After his victory over ‘Bobby Knuckles’, Israel Adesanya proved himself as the greatest middleweight in the world once again. Even though Robert Whittaker seemed extremely sharp with his striking and takedowns, it was not enough to take the Nigerian fighter out.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – June 12: Israel Adesanya reacts after defeating Marvin Vettori in their middleweight championship bout during the UFC 263 event at the Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Middleweight fighter Jared Cannonier also bagged himself a win at UFC 271 against Derek Brunson. The fighter stands third in the UFC rankings and is most likely to be a title challenger next.

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Jared Cannonier has won five of his past six bouts, with the only loss coming to the first ranked middleweight in the world in Robert Whittaker.

The fact that he ended the fight via a knockout finish, just strengthens his case to be next in line to take on Adesanya.

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Who do you think ‘The Last Stylebender’ will face in his next bout? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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