Israel Adesanya “The Last Stylebender”
Israel Adesanya stunned the world at UFC 287, delivering a devastating knockout blow to Alex Pereria. Overcoming defeat to the same opponent three times is no small feat, yet Adesanya rose to the occasion in an iconic triumph that will be remembered as one of UFC's greatest knockouts. But it wasn't just his underdog story that inspired; Adesanya's celebration and speech after the fight were equally remarkable. Standing over Pereria, he fired three arrows in a symbolic gesture representing his three losses to the former champ, which added to the already viral moment. Adesanya's post-fight message to the world resonated deeply and will continue to do so for a long time.
In his speech Adesanya addressed the world by saying "You will never feel this level of happiness if you don't go for something in your own life. When they knock you down, when they try to sh*t on you, when they talk sh*t about you and they try to put their foot on your neck, if you stay down, you will never get that resolve. Fortify your mind and feel this level of happiness one time in your life."
Adesanya's story is one of overcoming challenges and inspiring others to pursue their dreams. His remarkable victory and inspiring words moved me to create my first-ever MMA piece, and I have no doubt that Adesanya will continue to inspire many others in the years to come.
Upon closer inspection, a multitude of crucial details tell the story of The Last Stylebender. These includes two of his tattoos, "broken native" and "the dragon," glowing with the same vibrant energy as the surrounding lighting. The Ultimate Fighting Championship belt rests snugly around his waist, while quotes such as "fortify your mind" and "I don't throw and hope, I am and fire" are lasting remnants of the moment. Lastly, Adesanya's now-iconic arrow-shooting pose serves as a testament to his greatness.