Israel Adesanya Pens New Multi-Fight Deal With UFC Ahead Of Saturday Rematch With Robert Whittaker

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 9, 2022

    Reigning UFC middleweight champion, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya has put pen to paper on a new multi-fight deal with the organization, ahead of his championship rematch with former titleholder, Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 this weekend.

    Adesanya, who defeated Whittaker via second round knockout back in October 2019 to successfully unify the middleweight champion, reportedly retained just two fights on his current deal ahead of his weekend re-run with the latter, however, according to a press release obtained by TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter from Adesanya’s management firm, Paradigm Sports Management – Adesanya has re-upped with the organization.

    “Per a release from @ParadigmSports, Israel Adesanya has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, making him “one of the top paid athletes in the history of mixed martial arts.” Bronsteter tweeted.

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    Attempting to secure the fourth successful defense of his middleweight title, Adesanya most recently featured against another two-time foe, Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 in June of last year, defeating the Italian on all three judge’s scorecards in a championship rematch.

    Following his 2019 win over Whittaker, Adesanya would lodge a decision win over multiple-time title chaser and now-promotional alum, Yoel Romero, before handing rival, Paulo Costa his first professional defeat in the form of a second round knockout at UFC 243 in September 2020 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    Boasting a 21-1 professional record, Adesanya holds 15 knockout victories and his sole professional loss came back at the light heavyweight limit in March at UFC 259, suffering a unanimous decision blemish against former division best, Jan Blachowicz in an unsuccessful quest to become a two-weight champion held simultaneously.

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    The former kickboxer debuted in the UFC back in February 2018, amassing victories over the likes of Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, Anderson Silva, and Kelvin Gastelum en route to his title unification win over Whittaker in Melbourne, Australia.