Israel Adesanya Plans To Score One More Fight In Australia Before Retiring From MMA

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 4, 2022

    Current undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has confirmed that he intends to score another fight in Australia before he eventually calls time on his hugely successful professional mixed martial arts career.

    Adesanya, the promotion’s current undisputed middleweight champion, is slated to take main event status at UFC 271 on February 12. in a title rematch against former championship holder, Robert Whittaker at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

    The Lagos-born striker’s most recent professional trip to Australia came against the aforenoted, Whittaker back in October 2019 where he successfully unified the middleweight titles with a stunning second round knockout in Melbourne at the Marvel Stadium. The event drew a whopping 57,000 spectators. 

    Adesanya has previously headlined at the Rod Lavar Arena in Melbourne in February of that year – taking home a unanimous decision victory over former dominant middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva in a short notice main event clash.

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    Looking ahead to his future in the sport, and where his future fights may land, Adesanya claimed that he hopes to score one more fight Down Under before hanging up his gloves from the sport.

    I wanna fight in Aussie (Australia) one more time before I call it quits,” Israel Adesanya tweeted this week.

    Headlining in his last five consecutive Octagon outings, the City Kickboxing maestro most recently featured at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona – successfully securing his third defense of the middleweight title with a second career decision win over Marvin Vettori. 

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    Adesanya suffered his first professional mixed martial arts loss back in March as he dropped a light heavyweight title challenge defeat to former champion, Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Adesanya immediately made his return to middleweight for his re-run with Vettori in June. 

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the promotion has yet to return to Australia since the aforenoted UFC 243 event between Whittaker and Adesanya back in October 2019.

    With the promotion expected to host the majority of their pay-per-view events in front of an open, live gate this year, they have been limited to events in North America or Abu Dhabi, UAE, however, reports have detailed recently how the promotion are targeting a May 7. UFC 274 event at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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