Nigerian, Israel Adesanya has won the UFC Middleweight Title after he defeated Robert Whittaker in stunning fashion at the Marvel Stadium earlier today.
Adesanya becomes an undisputed champion after knocking out Whitaker in the second round to unify the division in front of a UFC-record crowd of 57,127 in Melbourne.
The Nigerian-born Kiwi landed a right hand which floored Whittaker in the final seconds of the first round and officially ended the contest with a left hook 3:33 in the second.
“He threw everything we expected,” Adesanya said. “We had everything planned for plan A to Z. It’s unreal, they said I have no knockout power.
“He caught me with a nice one but I returned. I eat it but give it back two times. I hate to get hit. It’s stupid to get hit. I’m tough and smart. At the end of the day, my team and I were smart.”
Having won the interim crown in April, Adesanya is now the first NZ fighter to win an undisputed UFC crown, capping a phenomenal rise that has seen him rise to the top of the division in seven bouts and less than two years since joining the promotion.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye