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  •  Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday Joshua was defeated by Ukraine s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA WBO IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah While Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City U S A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters Silas Agara the President Karate Federation of Nigeria KFN said that in combat sport just as in other sports there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete Just like the popular saying goes What doesn t kill you makes you stronger Indeed the true test of one s resilience is usually at these kind of down to earth moments and they are very necessary for one s growth It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport which is never in doubt They are great champions and will continue to write their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland he said Gbenga Elegbeleye former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights Kudos to Joshua and Usman What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily Even if you fall sometimes you have to get up and try again That is the true worth of a champion You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions Having said that I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges he said Godwin Bamigboye former Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries It wouldn t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers This shows that they only associate with success but never the process Once you attain the glory they show up for you he said NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback We ll bounce back and come with vengeance he tweeted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   
     Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday Joshua was defeated by Ukraine s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA WBO IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah While Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City U S A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters Silas Agara the President Karate Federation of Nigeria KFN said that in combat sport just as in other sports there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete Just like the popular saying goes What doesn t kill you makes you stronger Indeed the true test of one s resilience is usually at these kind of down to earth moments and they are very necessary for one s growth It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport which is never in doubt They are great champions and will continue to write their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland he said Gbenga Elegbeleye former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights Kudos to Joshua and Usman What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily Even if you fall sometimes you have to get up and try again That is the true worth of a champion You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions Having said that I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges he said Godwin Bamigboye former Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries It wouldn t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers This shows that they only associate with success but never the process Once you attain the glory they show up for you he said NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback We ll bounce back and come with vengeance he tweeted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   
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    Sports enthusiasts say Joshua, Usman will be stronger   

    Sports enthusiasts say the defeat of Nigeria’s Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman on Sunday is a learning curve in the illustrious careers of both fighters.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both Joshua and Usman lost title fights to their Ukrainian and British opponents on Sunday.  

    Joshua was defeated by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk on a surprise split points decision after 12 hard rounds to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing belts in Jeddah.  

    While Briton, Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth-round head-kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.  

    A cross section of sport enthusiasts who spoke to NAN on Monday, said the loss of the Nigerians would only make them stronger and better fighters.  

    Silas Agara, the President, Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) said that in combat sport just as in other sports, there are always bound to be hard times which test your resilience as an athlete.  

    “Just like the popular saying goes, ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

    ’   “Indeed the true test of one’s resilience is usually at these kind of ‘down to earth’ moments and they are very necessary for one’s growth.  

    “It is usually not easy to digest everything and come back to fight again, especially for Joshua losing to the same opponent for the second consecutive time.  

    “But I strongly believe that both fighters will bounce back from this defeat even stronger because of their love and commitment to the sport, which is never in doubt.  

    “They are great champions and will continue to write  their names in the history of their sports as well as bring glory to their fatherland,” he said.  

    Gbenga Elegbeleye, former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission hailed both athletes in spite of their defeats, adding that they were still worthy champions in their own rights.  

    “Kudos to Joshua and Usman.

    What an amazing title fight both Nigerians gave to the world.  

    “Life is a constant challenge and a fight that you have to prove your worth as a champion daily.

    Even if you fall sometimes, you have to get up and try again.  

    “That is the true worth of a champion.

    You must learn to be magnanimous both in victory and in defeat.  

    “Both Nigerians are champions in their own rights having defended their titles on several occasions.  

    “Having said that, I must specially congratulate Usyk for representing the great people of Ukraine and showing strength in the face of adversity and difficulty.  

    “His emotional power and ability to withstand adversity showed the true spirit and strong will of the Ukrainian people in the face of their current challenges,” he said.  

    Godwin Bamigboye, former Chairman, Nigeria Coaches Association, FCT Branch said athletes must be congratulated on their numerous achievements.    

    He said that they should be assured of more support to rise back to the top in their difficult times.  

    He said that it was unfortunate that up till now there was no message from the Presidency or the Ministry of Sports showing solidarity with Joshua and Usman.  

    “These are the athletes who have consistently made Nigeria proud, but now that the chips are down nothing have been heard from these administrators and government functionaries.  

    “It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to stand with them at this trying time in their careers.  

    “This shows that they only associate with ‘success’ but never the ‘process’.

    Once you attain the glory they show up for you,” he said.  

    NAN also reports that Usman reacted to his defeat on his official Twitter handle on Sunday promising to bounce back stronger from the setback.  

    “We’ll bounce back and come with vengeance,” he tweeted.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nigeria s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain s Leon Edwards The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt Commenting via his twitter handle usman84kg the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory Champs f ck up sometimes but we bounce back and come with vengeance Damn I love this sport Things happen but Alhamdulillah we move Congratulations Leon_edwardsmma Usman tweeted Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30 year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards
     Nigeria s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain s Leon Edwards The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt Commenting via his twitter handle usman84kg the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory Champs f ck up sometimes but we bounce back and come with vengeance Damn I love this sport Things happen but Alhamdulillah we move Congratulations Leon_edwardsmma Usman tweeted Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30 year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards
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    UFC title: We will bounce back, Usman says after loss to Edwards

    Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman is confident he will bounce back after losing his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278 to Britain’s Leon Edwards.

    The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.

    on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history.

    The 30-year old Jamaican-born British fighter, looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges’ scorecards.

    But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left-foot kick to the head that sparked the 35-year old Nigerian, to claim the belt.

    Commenting via his twitter handle @usman84kg, the Nigerian congratulated Edwards on the victory.

    “Champs f$ck up sometimes… but we bounce back and come with vengeance!

    !

    “Damn I love this sport!

    !

    !

    Things happen but… Alhamdulillah we move!

    !

    Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma,” Usman tweeted.

    Usman had defeated Edwards in their previous meeting in 2015 but this victory makes the 30-year old the second British fighter to hold a UFC title after Michael Bisping in 2016.
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  •  Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt They all doubted me they all said I couldn t do it look at me now Edwards roared in his post fight interview in the cage Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping who won the middleweight tile in 2016 On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout Usman struggled in the first round Edwards whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015 shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman who was making his sixth title defence survived He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on The 35 year old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012 He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight I m from the trenches I m built like this I battle until the battle is done I ve been down my whole life and look at me now an elated Edwards said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title
     Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth round head kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 278 The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City U S on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history The 30 year old Jamaican born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges scorecards But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left foot kick to the head that sparked the 35 year old Nigerian to claim the belt They all doubted me they all said I couldn t do it look at me now Edwards roared in his post fight interview in the cage Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping who won the middleweight tile in 2016 On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout Usman struggled in the first round Edwards whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015 shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman who was making his sixth title defence survived He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on The 35 year old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012 He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight I m from the trenches I m built like this I battle until the battle is done I ve been down my whole life and look at me now an elated Edwards said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title
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    Edwards stun Usman to win UFC welterweight title

    Briton Leon Edwards pulled off a fifth-round head-kick knockout out of nowhere to dethrone Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman and win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 278. The win for Edwards at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, U.

    S.

    on Saturday was one of the greatest comebacks in mixed martial arts history.

    The 30-year-old Jamaican-born British fighter looked to be headed for a defeat on the judges’ scorecards.

    But then faked a jab with his left hand and then landed a left-foot kick to the head that sparked the 35-year-old Nigerian to claim the belt.

    “They all doubted me, they all said I couldn’t do it – look at me now!

    ” Edwards roared in his post-fight interview in the cage.

    Edwards is only the second British fighter to hold a UFC title, following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping, who won the middleweight tile in 2016. On a streak of 15 wins in the UFC coming into the bout, Usman struggled in the first round.

    Edwards, whom he beat in their only previous meeting in 2015, shocked him by taking him down to the mat for the first time in his UFC career.

    Edwards threatened to finish the fight with a rear naked choke but Usman, who was making his sixth title defence, survived.

    He came roaring back in the second round as Edwards appeared to stumble early on.

    The 35-year-old Usman then returned to the kind of suffocating wrestling that has been the bedrock of his fighting style since he turned pro in 2012. He backed his opponent up to the fence and took him down at will.

    He dominated Edwards and looked like he would retain the belt again until the challenger starched him with that kick with just 56 seconds left in the fight.

    “I’m from the trenches, I’m built like this, I battle until the battle is done.

    I’ve been down my whole life, and look at me now!

    ” an elated Edwards said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
     Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 276 The judges scored the bout 49 46 49 46 and 50 45 In a clinical albeit unspectacular performance Adesanya s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas U S Cannonier landed nothing of real significance with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action especially in the fourth round which was marked by boos and fans raising lit up smartphones But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya a former champion kickboxer into anything resembling a firefight Adesanya meanwhile was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163 141 for the fight including a 116 90 edge in significant strikes Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round But that s it as Judge Sal D Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds They had an excellent game plan Adesanya said giving credit to Cannonier s coach John Crouch It was really hard to get my follow ups going Coming in Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC s pound for pound list At middleweight Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday s undercard Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya including one by knockout The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand Adesanya said directing his comments to Pereira That was in kickboxing Next time I punch you you ll be on skates and you re gonna be frozen like Elsa I ll leave it at that In his post fight news conference Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance saying it was disappointing for the fans I hope when we fight he does a better fight than that Pereira said Adesanya admitted he had an off night realising that fact during the actual bout Maybe when I couldn t find my power shots he said My kicks the initiators my jabs my leg kicks were working But I couldn t find my power Adesanya 23 1 is undefeated at 185 pounds posting a 12 0 record in the UFC in that weight class The Nigerian born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February Adesanya 32 has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019 Adesanya s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021 The Last Stylebender has won three straight since that defeat Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov Cannonier 15 6 had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in The Arizona resident was coming off a second round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271 Cannonier 38 has finished fights in three weight divisions heavyweight light heavyweight and middleweight His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title
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    Adesanya outpoints Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

    Israel Adesanya outpointed Jared Cannonier via a unanimous decision to retain his middleweight title in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 276.

    The judges scored the bout 49-46 49-46 and 50-45.

    In a clinical, albeit unspectacular performance, Adesanya’s superiority in striking was evident throughout the bout on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, U.S.

    Cannonier landed nothing of real significance, with Adesanya keeping him at a distance and picking Cannonier apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs.

    The crowd grew restless with the lack of thrilling action, especially in the fourth round, which was marked by boos and fans raising lit-up smartphones.

    But Cannonier did nothing to push Adesanya, a former champion kickboxer, into anything resembling a firefight.

    Adesanya, meanwhile, was content with safely landing strikes with his length from so far out that Cannonier could not counter them.

    Adesanya outstruck Cannonier 163-141 for the fight, including a 116-90 edge in significant strikes.

    Judges Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both gave Cannonier the third round.

    But that’s it as Judge Sal D’Amato had Adesanya sweeping all five rounds.

    “They had an excellent game plan,” Adesanya said, giving credit to Cannonier’s coach, John Crouch. “It was really hard to get my follow-ups going.”

    Coming in, Adesanya ranked number three in the world on the UFC’s pound-for-pound list.

    At middleweight, Adesanya was ranked number one and Cannonier was number three.

    Next up for Adesanya could be Alex Pereira, who knocked out Sean Strickland on Saturday’s undercard.

    Pereira owns two kickboxing wins over Adesanya, including one by knockout.

    “The first time I told you it was an error on my part spamming the right hand,” Adesanya said, directing his comments to Pereira. “That was in kickboxing.

    “Next time I punch you, you’ll be on skates, and you’re gonna be frozen like Elsa. I’ll leave it at that.”

    In his post-fight news conference, Pereira blasted Adesanya for his performance, saying it was disappointing for the fans.

    “I hope when we fight, he does a better fight than that,” Pereira said.

    Adesanya admitted he had an “off night,” realising that fact during the actual bout.

    “Maybe when I couldn’t find my power shots,” he said. “My kicks, the initiators, my jabs, my leg kicks were working. But I couldn’t find my power.”

    Adesanya (23-1) is undefeated at 185 pounds, posting a 12-0 record in the UFC in that weight class.

    The Nigerian-born New Zealand resident was coming off a unanimous decision win over rival Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February.

    Adesanya, 32, has five successful middleweight title defence s after unifying the belt with Whittaker in 2019.

    Adesanya’s lone pro MMA loss was up in weight, for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March 2021.

    “The Last Stylebender” has won three straight since that defeat.

    Adesanya is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class.

    He is joining welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, former middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Cannonier (15-6) had won two in a row and five of his previous six coming in.

    The Arizona resident was coming off a second-round knockout of Derek Brunson at UFC 271.

    Cannonier, 38, has finished fights in three weight divisions: heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

    His only middleweight loss before Saturday came against Whittaker in 2020.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Ms Abike Dabiri Erewa President CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission NiDCOM applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a decision unanimous Dabiri Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission s media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With this victory Usman improved to 20 1 0 and won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others We are really proud of you Please don t be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said Source NAN
    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title
      Ms Abike Dabiri Erewa President CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission NiDCOM applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title in a decision unanimous Dabiri Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission s media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title According to the statement the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night With this victory Usman improved to 20 1 0 and won 19 fights in a row including five title defenses Dabiri Erewa who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others We are really proud of you Please don t be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa she said Source NAN
    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title
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    NiDCOM chief hails Usman for retaining UFC title

    Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President / CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) applauded Nigerian Kamaru Usman, for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title in a decision unanimous.

    Dabiri-Erewa conveyed the congratulatory message in a statement signed by the commission's media and public relations chief on Sunday in Abuja.

    The head of NIDCOM praised the Nigerian spirit and zeal of Usman who defeated his challenger and thus retained his title.

    According to the statement, the owner of the UFC welterweight title defeated Col uimous' decision to retain the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 268 in New York on Saturday night.

    “With this victory, Usman improved to 20-1-0 and won 19 fights in a row, including five title defenses.

    Dabiri-Erewa, who received Usman in his office in Abuja a few months ago, urged him to continue to make Nigeria proud and fly the Nigerian flag.

    She advised him to stay focused and continue to be a mentor to others.

    “We are really proud of you. Please don't be distracted because your glory is collective glory for Nigeria and Africa, ”she said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
      By Muhyideen Jimoh Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts MMA in Nigeria The Nigerian American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare I m so happy to be back home we re looking to put something in place something new refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited We want to move this country forward move it to a better place we know there is a lot of frustration in the country so we want to change that Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place to physically create centers where young people can participate in MMA and possibly change their lives which in turn will trigger the change to affect people lives all over the world he said mentionned The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots having left Nigeria s shores for the United States when he was just eight years old MMA champion Auchi 34 born in Edo said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map Earlier Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well Your story is well told you represent the Nigerian spirit that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task For me I can t say it enough countries need to build on their strength not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher Dare said The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that Usman was born on May 11 1987 He is a professional Nigerian American mixed martial artist former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk style wrestler He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class NAA NAN
    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria
    General news1 year ago

    UFC champion Usman, sports ministry to develop MMA in Nigeria

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has pledged to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to develop mixed martial arts (MMA) in Nigeria.

    The Nigerian-American welterweight champion made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare.

    “I'm so happy to be back home, we're looking to put something in place, something new, refreshing and revolutionary that is going to get young people excited.

    “We want to move this country forward, move it to a better place, we know there is a lot of frustration in the country, so we want to change that.

    “Obviously we will be working with the Ministry of Sports to put the structures in place, to physically create centers where young people can participate (in MMA) and possibly change their lives, which in turn will trigger the change to affect people. lives all over the world, ”he said. mentionned.

    The Nigerian nightmare said the visit to Nigeria had to go back to his roots, having left Nigeria's shores for the United States when he was just eight years old.

    MMA champion Auchi, 34, born in Edo, said the sport could be used as a tool to empower young people and put Nigeria on the world map.

    Earlier, Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare praised Usman for his accomplishments abroad and for being a good Nigerian ambassador.

    He said Nigeria will continue to support him in his professional career while forging a partnership to mentor young Nigerians as well.

    “Your story is well told, you represent the Nigerian spirit; that of being relentless and reaching the top of the exploits you have accomplished is no small task.

    “For me, I can't say it enough; countries need to build on their strength, not dwell and focus on their weaknesses and you have signed the Nigeria voucher, ”Dare said.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Usman was born on May 11, 1987. He is a professional Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduate folk-style wrestler.

    He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC welterweight champion.

    Kamaru, who has won 19 wins out of 20 fights, has established himself as a legend in the MMA welterweight class. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare on Tuesday lauded Nigerian born pugilist Kamarudeen Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC Welterweight belt against Jorge Masvidal Dare said in a statement on Tuesday that Usman s win was not only inspiring but a confirmation of the Nigerian never say die spirit A big congratulations to Usman for making Nigeria proud by retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship title against Jorge Masvidal His tenacity courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit of never giving up He is not only a worthy champion but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud Once again he has shown that he is not just a patriot but an embodiment of a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria the minister said Usman retained his title via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi on Sunday The fight was almost called off due to a disagreement over pay because Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement to earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive to COVID 19 The feat is Usman s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate Usman earned 600 000 dollars appearance fee and 40 000 dollars as incentives while his challenger got 500 000 dollarsThe Nigerian Nightmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013 Edited By Joe Idika Felix Ajide NAN
    Sports Minister congratulates UFC Champion, Usman
     The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare on Tuesday lauded Nigerian born pugilist Kamarudeen Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC Welterweight belt against Jorge Masvidal Dare said in a statement on Tuesday that Usman s win was not only inspiring but a confirmation of the Nigerian never say die spirit A big congratulations to Usman for making Nigeria proud by retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship title against Jorge Masvidal His tenacity courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit of never giving up He is not only a worthy champion but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud Once again he has shown that he is not just a patriot but an embodiment of a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria the minister said Usman retained his title via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi on Sunday The fight was almost called off due to a disagreement over pay because Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement to earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive to COVID 19 The feat is Usman s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate Usman earned 600 000 dollars appearance fee and 40 000 dollars as incentives while his challenger got 500 000 dollarsThe Nigerian Nightmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013 Edited By Joe Idika Felix Ajide NAN
    Sports Minister congratulates UFC Champion, Usman
    Sport2 years ago

    Sports Minister congratulates UFC Champion, Usman

    The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday lauded Nigerian-born pugilist Kamarudeen Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight belt against Jorge Masvidal.

    Dare said, in a statement on Tuesday, that Usman’s win was not only inspiring, but a confirmation of the Nigerian never-say-die spirit.

    “A big congratulations to Usman for making Nigeria proud by retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship title against Jorge Masvidal.

    “His tenacity, courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit of never giving up. He is not only a worthy champion, but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud.

    “Once again, he has shown that he is not just a patriot, but an embodiment of a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively.

    “You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria,” the minister said.

    Usman retained his title via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    The fight was almost called off due to a disagreement over pay because Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement to earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive to COVID-19.

    The feat is Usman’s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate.

    Usman earned 600,000 dollars appearance fee and 40,000 dollars as incentives, while his challenger got 500,000 dollars

    The Nigerian Nightmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights, losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013.


    Edited By: Joe Idika/Felix Ajide (NAN)

     

     

     

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamarudeen Usman on the successful defence of his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title with an emphatic win over Jorge Masvidal The president s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Sunday Buhari commended the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands According to the president as the first African born and Nigerian UFC Champion Usman has reminded the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria While the global COVID 19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations the President expressed delight and appreciation that Usman has lifted the nation spirits with another professional performance He said this had also proven that things would surely get better at the fullness of time when we remain committed to our vision The president wished Usman the very best and more victories in his career and prayed that like fine wine he improves with age
    Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title
     President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamarudeen Usman on the successful defence of his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title with an emphatic win over Jorge Masvidal The president s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Sunday Buhari commended the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands According to the president as the first African born and Nigerian UFC Champion Usman has reminded the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria While the global COVID 19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations the President expressed delight and appreciation that Usman has lifted the nation spirits with another professional performance He said this had also proven that things would surely get better at the fullness of time when we remain committed to our vision The president wished Usman the very best and more victories in his career and prayed that like fine wine he improves with age
    Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title
    Sport2 years ago

    Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title

    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamarudeen Usman on the successful defence of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title with an emphatic win over Jorge Masvidal.

     

    The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.

     

    Buhari commended the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands.

     

    According to the president, as the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, Usman has reminded the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria. 

     

    While the global COVID-19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations, the President expressed delight and appreciation that Usman has lifted the nation spirits with another professional performance.

     

    He said this had also proven that things would surely get better at the fullness of time “when we remain committed to our vision’’.

     

    The president wished Usman the very best and more victories in his career and prayed that like fine wine, he improves with age.

  •   Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa Chairman CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM on Sunday congratulated Nigeria s Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 245 in Las Vegas Nevada after knocking out Colby Covington Chairman CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa praised Usman in a statement by the commission s Head of Media and Public Relations Abdur Rahman Balogun She said that by the wonderful feat Usman had brought honour and glory not only to himself but to the African continent as well Dabiri Erewa who barely a week ago extended the same courtesies to Anthony Joshua another Nigerian for reclaiming his world heavyweight titles said that the Nigerian American mixed martial artist Usman recorded his name in the history book of wrestling by becoming the first African champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship This is something to be proud of she said The NIDCOM chief therefore urged him not to relent in bringing more honour and glory to the country She appealed to Nigerians living abroad to continue to be of good behaviour and to show that Nigerians can be great wherever they find themselves Nigeria News Agency reports that Usman who hails from Edo state traveled to the U S at the age of seven years While in high school Usman became a top rated wrestler with an out going record of 53 wins and 3 losses Since joining the UFC Usman has slowly worked his way up the ranks from a rookie to a title challenger in just a few years In July 2015 Usman won the Welterweight Division of the UFC against American fighter Heither Hardy Usman is the seventh ranked pound for pound UFC fighter Edited by Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    NIDCOM boss applauds Nigerian martial artist, Usman for retaining UFC title
      Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa Chairman CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM on Sunday congratulated Nigeria s Kamaru Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight title at UFC 245 in Las Vegas Nevada after knocking out Colby Covington Chairman CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa praised Usman in a statement by the commission s Head of Media and Public Relations Abdur Rahman Balogun She said that by the wonderful feat Usman had brought honour and glory not only to himself but to the African continent as well Dabiri Erewa who barely a week ago extended the same courtesies to Anthony Joshua another Nigerian for reclaiming his world heavyweight titles said that the Nigerian American mixed martial artist Usman recorded his name in the history book of wrestling by becoming the first African champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship This is something to be proud of she said The NIDCOM chief therefore urged him not to relent in bringing more honour and glory to the country She appealed to Nigerians living abroad to continue to be of good behaviour and to show that Nigerians can be great wherever they find themselves Nigeria News Agency reports that Usman who hails from Edo state traveled to the U S at the age of seven years While in high school Usman became a top rated wrestler with an out going record of 53 wins and 3 losses Since joining the UFC Usman has slowly worked his way up the ranks from a rookie to a title challenger in just a few years In July 2015 Usman won the Welterweight Division of the UFC against American fighter Heither Hardy Usman is the seventh ranked pound for pound UFC fighter Edited by Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    NIDCOM boss applauds Nigerian martial artist, Usman for retaining UFC title
    Foreign3 years ago

    NIDCOM boss applauds Nigerian martial artist, Usman for retaining UFC title

    Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Sunday congratulated Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman, for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title at UFC 245 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after knocking out Colby Covington.

    Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa praised Usman in a statement by the commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

    She said that by the wonderful feat, Usman had brought honour and glory not only to himself but to the African continent as well.

    Dabiri-Erewa, who barely a week ago, extended the same courtesies to Anthony Joshua, another Nigerian, for reclaiming his world heavyweight titles, said that the Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, Usman recorded his name in the history book of wrestling by becoming the first African champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    “This is something to be proud of,” she said.

    The NIDCOM chief, therefore, urged him not to relent in bringing more honour and glory to the country.

    She appealed to Nigerians living abroad to continue to be of good behaviour and to “show that Nigerians can be great wherever they find themselves”.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that Usman, who hails from Edo state,  traveled to the U.S. at the age of seven years.

    While in high school, Usman became a top-rated wrestler with an out-going record of 53 wins and 3 losses.

    Since joining the UFC, Usman has slowly worked his way up the ranks from a rookie to a title challenger in just a few years.

    In July 2015, Usman won the Welterweight Division of the UFC against American fighter, Heither Hardy.

    Usman is the seventh ranked pound-for-pound UFC fighter.

    Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim

    (NAN)

  •  Isreal Adesanya Nigerian born New Zealand mixed martial artist who won his Championship on Saturday is currently trending on Twitter for his hilarious speech in Yoruba Adesanya defeated American Brad Tavares by unanimous decision to win their Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight fight in Las Vegas The fight which was his first headline fight in the UFC saw the 28 year old declared winner by the three judges after the fifth round Nigeria News Agency reports that a trending video shows the martial artist dedicating his victory to Nigerians in fluent Yoruba The excitedly delivered banter translates from Yoruba to English as I have been lashing them forever I am not wicked at all just know that I am here I am representing you all he said before going on to use a popular social media slang Sho mo age mi ni which means Do you know my age Adesanya stated further Do you know my name My name is Isreal Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya I am here You all should recognise He went on to enact the popular Wakanda greeting made popular from the Black Panther film and said I have the chest of a tiger Nigerians have gone on to praise Adesanya for promoting his culture on an international platform and congratulated him for winning the fight Bankeelo tweeted I love this guy so much I have watched his after match rants and they are very hilarious always representing Naija KayteeBartowski wrote Best thing I have seen all day IsraelAdesanya Sho mo age mi ni Ayoadehassan said Second Yoruba man in recent times dominating the world of combat sport Anthony Joshua now Israel Adesanya SharpenKyoto tweeted Lmao When he said his full name though slow clap Wa Gbayi Adesanya was born in Lagos Nigeria He moved to Wanganui New Zealand and started training kickboxing Adesanya amassed a professional record of 32 0 prior moved and fought in China He made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on February 11 2018 at UFC 221 He won the fight via TKO in the second round This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus Adesanya won his next fight by split decision on April 14 2018 against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29 Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    UFC champ Israel Adesanya’s after victory banter in Yoruba trends on Twitter
     Isreal Adesanya Nigerian born New Zealand mixed martial artist who won his Championship on Saturday is currently trending on Twitter for his hilarious speech in Yoruba Adesanya defeated American Brad Tavares by unanimous decision to win their Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC welterweight fight in Las Vegas The fight which was his first headline fight in the UFC saw the 28 year old declared winner by the three judges after the fifth round Nigeria News Agency reports that a trending video shows the martial artist dedicating his victory to Nigerians in fluent Yoruba The excitedly delivered banter translates from Yoruba to English as I have been lashing them forever I am not wicked at all just know that I am here I am representing you all he said before going on to use a popular social media slang Sho mo age mi ni which means Do you know my age Adesanya stated further Do you know my name My name is Isreal Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya I am here You all should recognise He went on to enact the popular Wakanda greeting made popular from the Black Panther film and said I have the chest of a tiger Nigerians have gone on to praise Adesanya for promoting his culture on an international platform and congratulated him for winning the fight Bankeelo tweeted I love this guy so much I have watched his after match rants and they are very hilarious always representing Naija KayteeBartowski wrote Best thing I have seen all day IsraelAdesanya Sho mo age mi ni Ayoadehassan said Second Yoruba man in recent times dominating the world of combat sport Anthony Joshua now Israel Adesanya SharpenKyoto tweeted Lmao When he said his full name though slow clap Wa Gbayi Adesanya was born in Lagos Nigeria He moved to Wanganui New Zealand and started training kickboxing Adesanya amassed a professional record of 32 0 prior moved and fought in China He made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on February 11 2018 at UFC 221 He won the fight via TKO in the second round This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus Adesanya won his next fight by split decision on April 14 2018 against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29 Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    UFC champ Israel Adesanya’s after victory banter in Yoruba trends on Twitter
    Entertainment4 years ago

    UFC champ Israel Adesanya’s after victory banter in Yoruba trends on Twitter

    Isreal Adesanya, Nigerian-born New Zealand mixed martial artist who won his Championship on Saturday, is currently trending on Twitter for his hilarious speech in Yoruba.

    Adesanya defeated American Brad Tavares by unanimous decision to win their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight fight in Las Vegas.

    The fight, which was his first headline fight in the UFC, saw the 28-year-old declared winner by the three judges after the fifth round.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that a trending video shows the martial artist dedicating his victory to Nigerians in fluent Yoruba.

    The excitedly delivered banter translates from Yoruba to English as, “I have been lashing them forever. I am not wicked at all; just know that I am here.

    “I am representing you all,” he said before going on to use a popular social media slang ‘Sho mo age mi ni?” which means “Do you know my age?”

    Adesanya stated further: “Do you know my name? My name is Isreal Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya. I am here. You all should recognise.”

    He went on to enact the popular ‘Wakanda’ greeting made popular from the ‘Black Panther’ film and said, “I have the chest of a tiger.”

    Nigerians have gone on to praise Adesanya for promoting his culture on an international platform and congratulated him for winning the fight.

    @Bankeelo tweeted, “I love this guy so much. I have watched his after match rants and they are very hilarious, always representing Naija.”

    @KayteeBartowski wrote, “Best thing I have seen all day!!! IsraelAdesanya Sho mo age mi ni”

    @Ayoadehassan said. “Second Yoruba man in recent times dominating the world of combat sport. Anthony Joshua, now Israel Adesanya.

    @SharpenKyoto tweeted. “Lmao, When he said his full name though (slow clap). Wa Gbayi!”

    Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria.

    He moved to Wanganui, New Zealand and started training kickboxing.

    Adesanya amassed a professional record of 32-0 prior moved and fought in China.

    He made his debut against Rob Wilkinson on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221.

    He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.

    Adesanya won his next fight by split decision on April 14, 2018 against Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29.

    Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)