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UFC 243 Primer: Watch Israel Adesanya’s Jaw-Dropping, Kickboxing in This Must-See Compilation

Before Israel Adesanya was making waves in the UFC, "The Last Stylebender" was dropping jaws in the kickboxing world, and this must-see video shows you why.

Many hardcore, combat sports fans were well aware of who Israel Adesanya was before he began his meteoric, UFC rise, and recently Lawrence Kenshin shared out a video which will show you why.

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Adesanya’s kickboxing record

The Nigerian born fighter made his professional kickboxing debut in 2011, and Adesanya proceeded to go 5-2, before joining King in the Ring. In the video below, Adesanya’s awe-inspiring run in the promotion is featured, as the vaunted striker proceeded to win nine bouts with the organization.

If you’re a fan of striking, kickboxing, or Adesanya, the video below is a must-see.

UFC 243

On Saturday, the interim 185 champ Adesanya will take on champion Robert Whittaker, in the headliner of UFC 243. Here is the card’s complete line-up, which will take place in Melbourne, Australia (via MMA Mania).

UFC 243 ESPN+ PPV Main Card on (10 p.m. ET)

185 lbs.: Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya
155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta
265 lbs.: Sergey Spivak vs. Tai Tuivasa
170 lbs.: Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
265 lbs.: Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa

UFC 243 ‘Prelims’ Under Card on ESPN2 (8 p.m. ET)

170 lbs.: Rostem Akman vs. Jake Matthews
170 lbs.: Maki Pitolo vs. Callan Potter
145 lbs.: Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn dos Santos
155 lbs.: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Brad Riddell
UFC 243 ‘Prelims’ Under Card on Fight Pass / ESPN+ (6:30 p.m. ET):

115 lbs.: Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
135 lbs.: Bruno Silva vs. Khalid Taha

*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.

 

 

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