Barely 18 months after making his debut at the UFC, Nigerian-born fighter, Israel Adesanya, has emerged the undisputed UFC middleweight champion.
Adesanya defeated former champion Robert Whittaker on Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia.
In front of a big crowd at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, Adesanya (18-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who entered the bout as interim champion, knocked out Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) at the 3:33 mark of the second round to unify the title, USA Today reports.
“He threw everything we expected. We had everything planned from Plan A to Z,” Adesanya said. “It’s unreal. They said I have no knockout power.”
Whittaker had not fought since June 2018.
He got the better of Adesanya in the first round with jabs, hooks, and overhands.
Adesanya dropped Whittaker to the mat with a count-right that landed flush on the jaw a split second before the horn sounded to end Round 1.