In the days leading up to his first attempt at earning undisputed gold, Israel Adesanya is unfulfilled just limiting his vision to what is directly in front of him. Just days ago, he kicked off fight week by boldly telling Irish website The MacLife that he has his eyes on fighting light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in Las Vegas in 2021. Always looking to one-up himself, the next day Adesanya became enamored with a new idea, telling Australian-based Submission RadioStipe Miocic. In the same interview, Adesanya confirmed he wants to be the biggest star in the UFC, eclipsing Conor McGregor.

UFC 243, everything changes for him.

Everything gets ratcheted up, expectations rise.

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Marvin Vettori (3-2-1 in the UFC), Brad Tavares (current No. 12 middleweight), Derek Brunson (No. 9 middleweight), Anderson Silva (unranked but aging legend), and Kelvin GastelumRobert Whittaker

Yoel Romero

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Adesanya certainly has the makings of someone special. He was born in Nigeria and spent some time in Ghana before moving to New Zealand as a teenager. He started training after being bullied, and credits his dancing background with his fancy footwork. He once dreamed of becoming an animator, but instead gravitated toward kickboxing, where he compiled a 75-5 record before transitioning into MMA. He has a quirky but charismatic personality, traits that seem to be reflected in his unique fight style.

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