Final Combating Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, gained “New Zealand Sportsman of the 12 months” on the 57th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards, the primary time a fight sports activities athlete has taken house the celebrated honor.
You’ll be able to thank the rise of blended martial arts (MMA) for that.
“It’s the primary time fight athletes have been nominated so you understand, I’ve to do that for the outdated, the fight athletes of outdated,” Adesanya mentioned. “Relaxation in Peace Jimmy Thunder, David Tua, Doug Viney sitting proper there, Ray Sefo, Joseph Parker, and now Israel Adesanya.”
Adesanya is scheduled to defend his middleweight title towards longtime 185-pound title contender, Yoel Romero, on the upcoming UFC 248 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion, scheduled for Sat., March 7, 2020 inside T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The place a brand new era of followers shall be watching.
“That is for the younger era developing who get to see somebody they will relate to, somebody who’s of my essence,” Adesanya mentioned. “A fight athlete that they will really feel like, ‘Man, my sport, like Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu or Wrestling is up there with the All-Blacks, the Black Caps, and the Tall Blacks and New Zealand’s high sporting groups. We’re on a degree taking part in discipline.’”
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