Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter, AKA "Last Stylebender" Israel Adesanya knocked out Robert Whittaker to crown himself as the undisputed middleweight champion at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday.
“Stylebender” dropped “The Reaper” in the second round and got in a couple more shots before the referee stepped in to call the fight off in front of a UFC-record attendance of 57,000.
It was the stadium where the Nigerian had sat high up in the stands watching Holly Holm’s seismic KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015 – and where he had vowed to return, but inside the Octagon.
“I’m real petty, I remember everything like an elephant. I was in the nosebleeds, and now I made his nose bleed,” said the undefeated Adesanya, who moved to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the UFC, where he only made his debut in 2018.
“He threw everything we expected. We had everything from his plan A to C and we had it up to Z. I can take it and I can give it back. I don't like getting hit, it's stupid getting hit, but I'm tough. Me and my team are real smart. Marvel comics we've got to do something after this,” he added