Israel Adesanya is a bona fide superstar now, but there was a time when he was a UFC rookie like so many others.
Ahead of his middleweight title bout against Yoel Romero on Saturday, the UFC released footage of Adesanya’s debut from UFC 221 back on Feb. 21, 2018. In Perth, Australia, “The Last Stylebender” earned his first Octagon win with a second-round TKO of Rob Wilkinson on the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card and afterwards he shared an emotional moment with longtime coach Eugene Bareman.
So much emotion!
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“Okay, you gotta see me cry now,” Adesanya said, visibly in tears. “F**k, there’s a lot of emotion, a lot of energy. F**k ‘em, I’m a man and I feel myself.”
He next defends that title against Romero this Saturday at UFC 248 in Las Vegas.