Israel Adesanya performed a choreographed dance routine before knocking out Robert Whittaker to win the UFC title in front of 57,000 people
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya won his title in the most spectacular fashion and his pre-fight antics only added to the storied victory.
“The Last Stylebender” took on Robert Whittaker in front of 57,127 fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, which remains the biggest UFC crowd of all time, in 2019.
Ahead of the biggest fight of his life at UFC 243, Adesanya was preparing for victory but also working on a dance he showcased during his ring walk.
The 32-year-old wowed the crowded stadium when he performed a choreographed routine, which included an acrobatic aerial cartwheel, before stepping into the octagon.
It was a high risk move, like if he lost to Whittaker he would have been showered with abuse for not taking the fight seriously and dancing when he should have been training for his greatest fight to date.
In fact, Adesanya’s dance routine only added to one of the most comprehensive performances in UFC history and made him a superstar.
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The former kickboxer dominated Whittaker, dropping him late in the first round before knocking him out in spectacular fashion in the second round.
Despite all this, he still considers his victory as the best moment of his career.
“It’s unreal. It’s nothing like you’ve ever felt before. I’m glad to be one of the privileged few [people] on this planet who has been able to experience it. I know it was in your hometown, I beat your boy. I’m sorry, not sorry,” Adesanya recently said of UFC 243.
Adesanya claimed to feel on top of the world after performing her dance routine and that confidence translated into one of the most impressive performances ever.
“Everything is energy. I went out there. I did my dance, I felt confident, I felt bada** and I knew I was pushing bears into enemy territory,” he said.
“To go out there and show what I’ve done is unreal. It’s one of those moments, not just in my career, but in my life, that I’ll never forget and that’s with me. for all time.
The UFC fan favorite hopes to create another lifetime memory when he returns to the octagon to defend his title again on July 2.
Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Jared Cannonier.
The judges scored the contest 49-46, 49-46, 50-45 in favor of Adesanya after a technical contest that saw the champion use his technical strike to cruise to victory.
“I’ll tell you one thing, they had a great game plan,” Adesanya said afterwards. “It was really difficult to get my follow-ups, my second phases going because they had a good game plan.”
“Listen, we know who’s next,” Adesanys said on the call after calling Alex Pereira. “Believe me, the first time I told you it was a mistake on my part spamming the right hand and it was in kickboxing.
“It’s easy to knock out, what’s the name of the hillbilly [Sean Strickland] because he looks like the jabs but like I said at the press conference, the next time I put you on skates, you’re gonna freeze like Elsa.