WATCH- Israel Adesanya Works on His Wrestling Defense as He Prepares for Robert Whittaker

Published 12/30/2021, 11:48 AM EST
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Rob Wilkinson of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


There is no fighter in the UFC that carries the same elegance and swagger into the octagon the way Israel Adesanya does. ‘The Last Style bender’, has displayed some beautiful performances in his career as a professional fighter. He is extremely entertaining to watch while he’s fighting. His intricate striking ability is some of the best the world has seen.

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Adesanya is currently the UFC middleweight champion. The fighter stands third in the UFC men’s pound for pound category.

Adesanya is extremely interactive as a fighter and has a huge social media presence. He often keeps himself involved with the things going on in the fighting world through his social media. Israel is active on his YouTube channel and posts many videos about the UFC’s current affairs, and also his personal life.

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Recently, the Nigerian posted a video of himself training for his fight at UFC 271, which is coming up in February.

In the video, we can see Israel practicing his grappling technique and instructing his teammates in the gym on wrestling on what to do when the opponent has them against the wall.

Israel is one of the best strikers in the world. He is incredibly fast and his creativity leaves his opponents stunned. However, in his fight against Jan Blachowicz, Adesanya got completely outclassed in the grappling area. Blachowicz had two very successful takedowns. He kept him on the ground and dominated him while he was on top.

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Who’s next for Israel Adesanya?

Israel Adesanya will be taking on Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 on February 2022. This will be a chance for Whittaker to avenge the loss he had to Adesanya at UFC 243.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: The referee stops the bout between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Whittaker lost to Adesanya via a second-round TKO at UFC 243. Both fighters are incredible at striking and are good at grappling as well. However, Whittaker’s grappling seems to be a bit more superior to the Nigerian’s right now. The fight is bound to be a slugfest, knowing the nature of both fighters.

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Who do you think will come out victorious at UFC 271? Please do 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 Khabib Nurmagomedov 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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