After Retaining UFC Middleweight Title, Israel Adesanya Greets His Parents in Proper Yoruba Manner

After Retaining UFC Middleweight Title, Israel Adesanya Greets His Parents in Proper Yoruba Manner

  • Israel Adesanya's parents witnessed their son's historic moment, as the UFC champion retained his middleweight title
  • Adesanya was spotted the moment he greeted his parents in a traditional way, which seems not to surprise Nigerians back home
  • People of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria are known for their respectful greetings especially when exchanging pleasantries with elders

Sensational UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya had his parents in the stands during the UFC 276 main event at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday morning.

The 32-year-old defeated Jared Cannonier to retain his title via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).

Adesanya was born in Lagos to Nigerian parents as his father Oluwafemi is an accountant while his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse.

Israel Adesanya, UFC, UFC 276, Jared Cannonier
Israel Adesanya retains his UFC middleweight title after defeating Jared Cannonier. Photo: Carmen Mandato
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The proud parents witnessed the historical occasion of their son lit up the entire arena to retain the prestigious prize, Bloody Elbow reports.

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Coming from a Yoruba background, Adesanya almost prostrated while greeting his parents moments after defeating Cannonier.

He was spotted the moment he greeted his parents and some of his family members in the traditional Yoruba way after winning the fight.

And that has generated reactions as a fan said:

“That Yoruba traditional greeting style is like non other.”

Another added:

“For a cultured Yoruba man, you will never feel comfortable greeting an elderly person while standing.”

One said:

“Congrats to Israel Adesanya. You made us proud with that win plus upholding the yoruba culture. But Mummy should get that too.”

One wrote:

“He is not just talented, he is witty, humorous and most importantly respectful. An Icon!”

Adesanya arrives UFC 276 main event like The Undertaker

Meanwhile, Israel Adesanya made a stunning entrance to the UFC 276 main event as the Nigerian-born New Zealander used the entrance music of wrestling legend, The Undertaker.

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The UFC middleweight champion arrived at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in his typical showman style with the Undertaker’s music reverberating the entire arena.

It was not just about the music, everything about the grand entry was synonymous with Undertaker, from the dipped lights to the smoke that paved his way.

Drake places bet on Israel Adesanya

Sports Brief earlier reported that Hip hop superstar Drake ramped up the pressure on Israel Adesanya as he prepared to defend his UFC middleweight title against challenger Jared Cannonier.

Drake shared a clip of him speaking to Adesanya in a FaceTime call, telling him that he put $1 million in a bet that he would defeat Cannonier.

According to DraftKings, Adesanya is the favourite at -450, with Cannonier the underdog on +360.

Source: Sports Brief News