Israel Adesanya makes moves in and out of the ring at UFC 243


Israel Adesanya made headlines this weekend with his second-round knockout of Robert Whittaker in Australia, however, his moves in the ring were not the only thing that caught the spotlight

Adesanya was born in Nigeria but has citizenship in New Zealand and did something that not many people have seen before in the UFC. He danced at the bottom of the ramp in a choreographed routine that would rival a Broadway musical.

Most fighters in the UFC stick to a walk to the ring and in some cases run, but the new UFC middleweight champion changed the game.

With something more akin to the WWE, Adesanya, accompanied by three backing dancers, pulled off a series of audacious moves, including a quite remarkable cartwheel.

His entrance was more incredible by the fact that he received negativity throughout due to a biased crowd in favour of hometown fighter Whittaker.

It may have been a defining moment for the fighter, but it could have been very different had he not performed in the ring.

Social media remarked how relaxed the fighter looked, but that might have changed to arrogant and unfocused if he had lost the fight.

The 185-pound champion didn't seem phased or tired from the entrance, producing another stellar performance, winning via KO with just over one minute gone in the second round.

After the fight, Adesanya expressed his delight, saying: "Man, it's honestly unreal. I've said this s*** for so long.

"He [Whittaker] threw everything we expected. Like I said in the New York fight [vs Brunson], we had his Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C… we had it all the way up to Z."

The Last Stylebender hit his opponent with a left hand to send him crashing to the mat before finishing it on the ground before celebrating wildly and extended his professional record to 18-0.

Next for the champion could be interesting with a step up in weight to fight Jon Jones suggested.

The two started a war of words, and Dana White confirmed on Saturday that it could happen.

"Those guys have been talking smack back-and-forth. If Israel wins and wants to fight Jon Jones, that's a really big fight."

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