Middleweight contender Israel Adesanya has enjoyed a rampant rise to stardom within the UFC and his most recent octagon outing saw him claim some gold around his waist. The Nigerian-born New Zealander has racked up an impressive six successive victories since arriving in the organization and is still unbeaten across 17 professional MMA bouts so far.

Also known as ‘The Last StyleBender’, Adesanya has been storming through all of his opponents to date with his eye-catching style and high-profile triumphs inside the cage. The 30-year-old has earned no less than three Performance of the Night outings in the UFC, including his knockout of Rob Wilkinson in Australia, a decision win over Brad Tavares and a first-round demolition of Derek Brunson.

His last success was a five-round points victory over Kelvin Gastelum in April, in what was one of the best fights of the year. That win saw him clinch the UFC interim middleweight belt and set up an undisputed clash with the current division champion Robert Whittaker. It’s been one of the biggest announcements to hit the UFC headlines, as the two prepare to do battle on October 6th.

It will be at UFC 243 at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne where Adesanya will attempt to become the king of the weight class and reach the pinnacle after such a quick-fire rise to prominence in the organisation. However, he faces undoubtedly the toughest test of his career to date and that unblemished record is under serious threat when he gets into the octagon with the reigning and defending titleholder.

Fan favorite Whittaker has been the main man at 185 lbs since getting his hands on the title back in 2017. The New Zealander, who is based Down Under, won the interim strap two years ago when he beat the formidable Yoel Romero, but was later promoted to undisputed champ. Following that incredible scrap with the Cuban beast, Whittaker then secured a second straight victory over his fearsome rival over another five electric rounds on American territory.

Next up he faces a challenge from a new rising threat in the division in the form of 30-year-old Adesanya, who has long been pushing for a UFC title shot. This represents a highly interesting middleweight match-up between the division king and the new contender for the throne. It’s also a nice blend of styles that could produce fireworks for the Aussie crowd in attendance and the millions more tuning in for it.

So will there be a changing of the title in this intriguing meeting? Whittaker will be relieved to be contesting an opponent other than Romero for a change but he will need to be at his best once again in order to avoid losing his belt here.

Meanwhile, Adesanya will be gunning for his crowning glory after a rampant rise to this position when the two lock horns in October.

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