Nigeria-born Israel Adesanya wins UFC interim title

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Nigeria-born Israel Adesanya has continued his unbeaten run in the UFC by defeating Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision for the interim middleweight title.

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria kicks Kelvin Gastelum during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. Logan Riely/Getty Images/AFP

The fight lasted 25 minutes for Adesanya’s 17th win without a loss in the UFC.

“I was ready for war,” said Adesanya, also known as the Last Stylebender.

“I was willing to leave it all and give it all.”

Adesanya is the second Nigerian to emerge champion in the UFC in recent weeks.

In March, Kamaru Usman became first African-born fighter to win a UFC title after pummelling Tyron Woodley in a one-sided bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old Usman, a Nigerian-born Texan and former NCAA Division II wrestler, broke into the UFC in 2015 on its long-running competition reality show.

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