Nigerian UFC Star Israel Adesanya Shows Off New Facial Tattoo Inspired by Anime Character

Nigerian UFC Star Israel Adesanya Shows Off New Facial Tattoo Inspired by Anime Character

  • Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has shown off the latest of his tattoos
  • The Nigerian-born UFC superstar revealed his new ink, along with an inspirational message
  • Adesanya saw his reign of nearly four years as the middleweight champion end at UFC 281

Israel Adesanya is back in the spotlight, as the former UFC middleweight champion showed off his new facial tattoo to fans on social media.

Adesanya, also popularly known as The Last Stylebender, revealed his new ink on social media. The tattoo is inspired by Gaara, a popular character from the anime and manga series, Naruto.

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Nigerian UFC star Israel Adesanya is expected to return to the octagon later this year to have a rematch with Alex Pereira. Photo by Jeff Botarri.
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According to MMA Junkie, the meaning of Adesanya’s new tattoo - which is inscribed in Arabic and means 'dragon' - depicts the new phase of the Stylebender’s career.

The former UFC middleweight champion has never hidden his love for anime and he has once again proved it with his latest facial tattoo.

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The Nigerian-born mixed martial art superstar has been away from the public eye recently, after his reign of almost four years as UFC middleweight champion was ended by Alex Pereira last November.

Like the inspiration behind his tattoo, Adesanya will be hoping to return as a hero in the sport.

Referee stoppage saved Adesanya's career

Sports Brief had reported on Adesanya claiming he could have survived the round against Pereira, had the referee not stopped the fight.

However, MMA coach Firas Zahabi believes that were it not for referee, Marc Goddard, the Nigerian's career would have ended that night.

Goddard called the fight off in the fifth round, handing Pereira the title by TKO and also making him the UFC's new middleweight champion.

Pereira would accept Adesanya rematch

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Pereira doesn't care who he fights next, even it it has to be someone he has bested before.

The newly crowned UFC middleweight champion claimed the title after he defeated Nigeria’s Adesanya via TKO.

Speaking about his first title defence, Pereira said that it made no difference to him who he fought and he would gladly fight Adesanya again in a rematch.

Source: Sports Brief News