Current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has discussed a possible move to WWE and says it’s something that “will definitely” happen.
Thirty-two-year-old Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria bit fights out of his home in Auckland, New Zealand. For several years the man known as The Last Stylebender combined careers in boxing, kickboxing, and MMA as he battled to make it to the big time.
That happened in 2018 when Israel Adesanya made his fighting debut in the UFC octagon. Adesanya won Performance Of The Night after he stopped Rob Wilkinson in the second round. Adesanya’s first taste of gold in the company came in April 2019 when he became Interim UFC Middleweight Champion as he boosted his MMA record to an incredible 17-0.
Six months later Adesanya unified the middleweight division once again and to this day is the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion. The only blemish to his record came in March 2021 when he lost by unanimous decision in his debut fight in the light heavyweight division.
Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT has reported on social media that Israel Adesanya could be hoping to trade in the octagon for the squared circle when his MMA career comes to an end.
Israel Adesanya will 'definitely' appear in WWE: "I looked up to those guys as a kid. We was taking bumps back in the day! But definitely, I will do that before I’m done. You might just see me sneak up from under the ring one day like ‘what the f***!’ That’s not Hornswoggle!’"
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) February 23, 2022
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