Wilkinson’s 11-1 record and Octagon experience were not enough to upset Adesanya. In the middle of the second round, referee Steve Perceval had seen everything he needed. Adesanya’s TKO victory earned him the night’s performance honors, and he then outstripped Marvin Vettori only two months later before collecting five more performance bonuses.
Overall, Adesanya was able to collect six performance bonuses in less than two years, even winning the honors of the 2019 fight of the year in her interim middleweight title fight against Kelvin Gastelum. “The Last Stylebender” went from UFC debut to champion so quickly that it seemed to completely skip the “rising star” label.
From his early moments in the Octagon until he beat middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in the second round of their main event title fight at UFC 243 in front of a record Australian audience , Adesanya organized a show inside the Octagon. He carried the flags of two countries on his back and he never took an easy fight.
Because the majority of her adult life has been spent inside the ring, the cage or the octagon, Adesanya has devoted almost every second of her life to training. He continues to surpass himself every day to maintain the greatness that he has developed.
In the new UFC FIGHT PASS series, Year of the Fighter, Adesanya breaks down the most significant year of her career. The middleweight champion reveals to fans that while the feeling of holding the belt was all he thought it would be, the preparation that paid off after so many years of grinding was a feeling of gratitude that little people could never grasp.
Covering all the bumps in the road, emotionally and physically, inside and outside the Octagon, Year of the Fighter promises to take you behind the scenes for the deepest dive inside the most great year in Adesanya’s life.
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