It’s difficult to really call anyone the “Next Jon Jones,” but 28-year-old New Zealander Israel Adesanya just might be that.
Without all the issues that have hindered the career of Jones.
Adesanya returns to action this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 29 when he faces Marvin Vettori.
In February, Adesanya showed off his incredible skills when he finished veteran Rob Wilkinson in his UFC debut with a series of strikes and knees in the second round. The win moved his overall record to 12-0, with the dozen wins all being finishes.
Oh, and he also claimed a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.
Outside of just looking like he could pass for one of Jon Jones’ brothers, Adesanya is lengthy and has striking that reminds many of “Bones.”
In 2017, Adesanya finished Melvin Guillard to put his name on the map towards being a top prospect.
Along with his 12-0 MMA record, “The Last Stylebender” is also 26-5-2 in kickboxing with 24 career finishes. He won the 2016 GLORY middleweight contender tournament title and also claimed the King in the Ring cruiserweights tourney in 2015.
But Adesanya isn’t just into MMA or kickboxing. He also won five of six pro boxing bouts, with a tournament title going home to his house in 2015 at the Super 8 IV after claiming the Super 8 III heavyweight tourney title.
Adesanya was born in Nigeria and learned taekwondo at an early age. He migrated around the country before winding up in New Zealand. Later, Adesanya trained Muay Thai under Derek Broughton in Whanganui and started his pro kickboxing career in 2010 in Auckland.
So if Justin Gaethje-Dustin Poirier, or Carlos Condit or Michelle Waterson do not excite you for Saturday night live on FOX, Israel Adesanya will carry the torch.
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