Nigerians have applauded UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya after he successfully upheld his title for the third time with an impressive unified decision win over Italy’s Marvin Vettori on Sunday at the Gila River Arena in Arizona, aso Naija reports.
Adesanya conquered Vettori from start to finish in their second meeting and though he was taken down on several occasions, he tactfully defended himself.
The 31-year-old had promised to have a tie-up win in round two, but was pushed the whole 25 minutes by Vettori but won 50-45 on all of the judge’s cards as he walked out of the Octagon with the belt strapped around his waist.
Reacting to the win, Nigerians took to social media to shower accolades on Adesanya, who returned to winning ways after his loss to Poland’s Jan Blachowicz in an attempt to add the light heavyweight title to his collection in March.
Miami Heat power forward, Precious Achiuwa, took to Twitter to congratulate his countryman on the win, “Izzy is undisputed for a reason #onlytheviolentsurvive.”
Ejike Kanife said, “Israel Adesanya went all Kung Lao on Marvin Vettori. Styled all over that guy over five rounds and turned the Italian dream into a Nigerian nightmare. Well fought Izzy. That was very good MMA.”
“This Israel guy showed brilliance all through, knows when to use the leg, much improved from the last fight. Vettori had his moment too, but Israel outsmarted him. Good one Israel Adesanya! The last style bender,” Kehinde Bamidele wrote on Twitter.