Israel Adesanya Stylebender took 17 fights (with 0 defeats). 14 months (in the UFC), and a 5th round sent to us mortals by the MMA gods. To shine brightest under the biggest lights he had seen to date.
Kelvin Gastelum, who himself was lined up for a title fight with Robert Whittaker. Was as game as they come in making the fight a five round contest. If we assume Kelvin won rounds 1 and 4, and Israel 2 and 3. Then the long journey from Nigeria to the present came down to 5 minutes.
While I could certainly breakdown all rounds and some subtle nuance along the way. I want to focus on the 5th round. It was the making of legend and one of the greatest title fights I’ve seen in the UFC (and I’ve missed somewhere between 0 and 5).
Israel Adesanya acknowledged Kelvin’s great boxing savvy, in particular, his jab. But went on to say “You need fights like that in your back pocket. But like I’ve always said, destiny is an understatement. The next fight, I will make it memorable”. Well, how anyone could forget that last one escapes me, but I admire the moxie.
“Truth, like a torch, the more it’s shook it shines.” said William Hamilton. If Stylebender is in line to carry the torch that Anderson Silva once made the middleweight division shine, then he is indeed the truth.
Music: T-Mass – Ignoring My Heart [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT0tYnWX2sQ.
Giraffe Squad – Wait For Me [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgW_I8saK1o.
Anikdote – Life Is Over [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GgBRanQxf4.
Ship Wrek, Zookeepers & Trauzers – Vessel [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXf4rkguwDI
Barren Gates – Slow Down [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHYN_AzRI6Q.
Maduk – Go Home [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qScpgKbuTLw.
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