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A Few Questions With Glory Middleweight Israel "The Last Style Bender" Adesanya

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Earlier this week we were lucky enough to get to chat with Israel Adesanya and ask few questions before his King in The Ring 8 man tournament in Auckland, NZ on August 30th. Israel is the first fighter from New Zealand to sign with Glory and is the current WKBF Cruiser & Light Heavyweight, IKBF Cruiserweight and WMC Oceania Cruiserweight Champion.

LK: Hi Israel, first of all tell us your fight stats, height, weight, record, etc?

IA: Fight record is 34 wins/ 2 losses/ 0 draws/ 16kos, Height: 190cm/6'3", Weight: 84kg/185lbs, Stance: Orthodox, Age: 25yrs old.

LK: What nickname do u go by? I've heard Style bender?

IA: The last Style Bender. Lol big fan of cartoons, 1 of my faves being the Avatar series. Love the story behind it and the idea of me being the last of my kind, so I have to master all the elements of fighting to realize my destiny as the Avatar.

LK: You have an 8 man tournament coming up Aug 30 in Auckland, hows training going, how are you feeling?

IA: Yup for King in the Ring. I'm feeling great man, all I do is train eat sleep and repeat. I could fight tomorrow that's how ready I am.

LK: Do you know any of the other opponents? Who do you think is the best man in the tournament after you of course?

IA: Yup a lot of the guys in the tournament are friends of mine. We've traveled and trained together for years. But it makes no difference, I've had fights with my brothers and sister growing up. I'd fight anyone! I'd fight my grandma even...but she's dead. Makes no difference who has the bad luck to face me that night, I'll pull no punches and I expect them to come at me. I'm not the defending King in the Ring champ, but I know these boys all wanna beat up the Glory fighter. So that keeps me sharp.

LK: What do you think of the 8 man tournament format? Do you like it better than a single fight?

IA: I like the spectacle of it. 7 men will fall and 1 will rise, it's so throwback. But I prefer to have a single fight for the most part. 8 man tournaments are taxing on the body. I won my 1st 1 in 2010 for the IKBF 8man.

LK: You train at City Kickboxing, is that where you first started training? How's the attitude/ atmosphere/sparring partners?

IA: I started in TKD as a kid. Stopped for almost or over 10 years then training in Wanganui New Zealand with Derek Broughton. Then decided to move to the big smoke of Auckland city after visiting City Kickboxing on a road trip. One of the best decisions to train at City Kickboxing with Eugene Bareman and Doug Viney.

LK: I have to ask about your fight with Simon Marcus, how did you feel about that decision?

IA: Man, I know, the people know, and Simon knows he didn't win that fight. He hit me with 2 clean punches the whole fight, I rocked him twice and he wanted cuddles, I bent around all his strike attempts and hit him clean more times in the fight while doing the moonwalk. He'll get this work soon...hopefully on the Glory stage so the world can witness!

LK: How did you find the experience of your first Glory fight?

IA: It was awesome! Turkey was dope. I wasn't nervous at all cuz in China I did 15000 seat shows, so this was nothing. I should have embraced the nerves a bit and stayed true to my style rather than charge him in the opening round. But Verlinden used strong basics and years of experience to keep me at gear to and steal momentum, I respect that... but he still couldn't break me and I know without a doubt I can beat him.

LK: Any talks with Glory about about your next fight?

IA: Yup, classified at the moment. But it's coming soon and I can't wait to make my USA debut. The world gon' luuuurn haha!

LK: What got you into kickboxing in the first place? How old were you? Did you ever imagine you would be at this level?

IA: I was 17, I saw the movie Ong Bak and months after started training Muay Thai. Had my 1st novice fight within 6 weeks and my 2nd fight ever was full thai rules (and won). After UFC 90 witnessing the way Anderson Silva beat Coté, I had the misconception of fighters/ action heroes movies and media put on us shattered. Soon after I made the decision to be the best in the world and I moved to Auckland.

LK: Last question is something I like to ask every great fighter

Hardest puncher you've fought? IA: I don't take many shots in fights, but Doug Viney spars like a mad man and had hit me full clip a full times and I still stand.

Hardest Kicker you've fought? IA: Jamie Eades in a novice fight in 2008/2009. He made me realize to check leg kicks, but I returned the favour years later in a full Thai fight and had him limping with a gangsta lean.

Hardest fight? IA: Still waiting...

Favourite Fighter? IA: Anderson Silva, Mohammed Ali, Prince Naseem, Roy Jones jr, Rickson Gracie, Conor McGregor, Nick Diaz...etc the list can go on. I'm a fan of combat sports

LK: Thanks a lot for your time Israel, is there anything more you would like to say to your fans, sponsors etc?

IA: Just wanna thank those that have followed and believed in me through all this, my training partners, my sponsors Bow Fighters, FX Nutrition, Combat Kings, Stained Skin Tattoos. Stay tuned for this man, just getting started.

LK: Once again thank you, good luck on your upcoming fight, not that you need it.

 

 

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Israel Adesanya wins King in the Ring Tournament and Video

  • Published in Australia

The King of the Ring 86 kgs K-1 Rules 8-man tournament took place this weekend in Auckland, New Zealand. The Show was aired Live on Fuel TV Australia and Sky Sport 4 New Zealand. After a very entertaining night of fights and lots of knockouts Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya went home with the belt and an over sized Cheque for $10,000 by earning 1 unanimous decision and 2 knockout wins. We have been lucky enough to receive a small video of one of Adesanya's knockouts.

Full Results

Tournament Final: Israel Adesanya def. Jamie Eades (KO Round 1)

Tournament Semi-Final: Israel Adesanya def. Pati Afoa (KO)

Tournament Semi-Final: Jamie Eades def. Ty Williams

Tournament Quarter Final: Ty Williams def. Andrew Banham (KO Round 1)

Tournament Quarter Final: Jamie Eades def. Zane Hopman (Majority Decision)

Tournament Quarter Final: Israel Adesanya def. Slava Alexeichik (Unanimous Decision)

Tournament Quarter Final: Pati Afoa def. Zack Fatamaka (Split Decision)

Super Fight: Hamad Alloush def. Tafa Misipati  (TKO Round 2)

Super Fight: Antz Nansen def. Alofa Solitua (TKO Round 3)

 

 

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King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight Tournament Stream and Live Results

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The King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight tournament will be starting in just a few hours at 12:00AM PST/ 3:00AM CST. If anyone is interested in watching live it will be streamed on their site http://www.kinginthering.co.nz/ Otherwise if you feel like just staying up all night I will be posting Live Results and Tweeting @JayJauncey

Full Results

86kgs Tournament

Final - Israel Adesanya def. Pati Afoa (Simon Maait Injured) by TKO Rd 1 (head kick)

Semi-Final - Israel Adesanya def. Mark Timms by KO Rd 2 (left knee to the body)

Semi-Final - Simon Maait def. Zane Hopman by Unanimous Dec

Quarter final - Mark Timms def. Pati Afoa by Unanimous Dec EX Rd.

Quarter final - Israel Adesanya def. Kim Loudon by TKO Rd 3 (ref stoppage)

Quarter final - Simon Maait def. Zack Fatamaka by Unanimous Dec

Quarter final - Zane Hopman  def. Kurt Pegoraro by Unanimous Dec

Superfights

Middleweight - Mike “Blood” Diamond def. “Dirty” Sanchez by TKO Rd 2 (Referee Stoppage)

Lightweight - Sone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy def. Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa by TKO Rd 2 (referee stoppage)

Heavyweight - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli  def. Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki by Unanimous Dec

Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades def. Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme by Unanimous Dec

 

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Knees of Fury 50 Results

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Knees of Fury 50 took place last night at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide, Australia. Since the event was not televised anywhere and I know how popular Israel Adesanya is, here are the results until some videos come up online.

Full Results

Israel Adesanya def Kim Loudon via R3 TKO (ref waived off fight)

Steve Behan def Zack Fatamaka via R3 KO (Knee to head)

Petchtawan def Kosta Masmanadis via Unan Dec

Sebastian Holmes def Jason Altmann via R3 KO (Uppercut)

Jordan Fielding def Ashley Ryding via R3 KO (Jumping downwards elbow)

Carly Gangell def TeHuia Tana via Unan Dec

Dimitri Petridis def Josh Braithwaite via Unan Dec

Jordy Bargallie def Shaun Dawson via R2 KO (Head Kick)

Tina Sougleris def Jacinda Claridge via Unan Dec

Steve Birchall def Dylan Sariovski via Unan Dec

Sarah Kate def Alex Wellington via Split Dec

Kyle Searle def James Coleman via Unan Dec

 

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Video: Israel Adesanya vs. Kim Loudon

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Luckily the Knees of Fury promotion has most of their fights on to Youtube shortly after the event so we were able to watch Adesanya's last fight. Now I personally have not seen a full fight (only clips) of his since he fought Verlinden at Glory 15. I know he's been doing some professional Boxing with the Super 8 tournaments and feel it showed in this fight, his boxing and head movement looked amazing, but I felt he was actually looking too much like a boxer at some points. I'd like to see him back in Kickboxing or Muay Thai fights more often just to get that kicking groove back. Otherwise he demolished Kim Loudon and stopped him in the 3rd with some nasty looking elbows that looked as though they could have been stopped sooner. Israel standing in the middle of the ring instead of going to his corner between the 1st and 2nd round made me laugh pretty hard.

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King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight Tournament

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In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.

Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway. 

The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.

FULL CARD

King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament

Team New Zealand

Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]

Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]

Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]

Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]

Team Australia

Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]

Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]

Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]

Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]

Superfights

MiddleweightMike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]

LightweightSone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy [Arch Angel Muay Thai] - Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa [Dannevirke Bulldogs]

Heavyweight - Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki [Hastings Fitness Centre] - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli [ETK]

Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades [ETK North Shore] - Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme [Grizzly Thai Boxing]

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