‘Best walkout ever’: Israel Adesanya gets rave reviews for Undertaker tribute at UFC 276

Israel Adesanya showcased and tutored Jared Cannonier

Israel Adesanya born 22 July 1989 is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and former boxer with multiple championships in all three disciplines. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title challenger. As of 12 April 2022, he is #3 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Adesanya is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts

Throughout his UFC career, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has gained fame for more than living up to his “The Last Stylebender” nickname, most notably via choreographed dances on his walkouts.

UFC 276 may end up being remembered as his masterpiece.

Ahead of a fight against title challenger Jared Cannonier at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Adesanya entered the Octagon via a pitch-perfect tribute to the WWE’s Undertaker and his iconic entrances, complete with music, hat, smoke and urn reading “Jared” on it.

What’s more, he did it with WWE chairman Vince McMahon and WWE legend Triple H in attendance.

Now that’s how you build hype for a bout in which you are already considered the overwhelming favorite.

Throwing down that kind of gauntlet — and that’s what you do any time you directly imply your opponent is about to be cremated — ended up working out for Adesanya, who defeated Cannonier by unanimous decision. It wasn’t a high-octane sort of fight, but it more than showcased Adesanya’s striking mastery.

The win improves Adesanya’s career record to 23-1 with five successful title defenses. He remains undefeated as a middlweight.

Adesanya also scored a win with the fans (and UFC peers) at home, who were loving his walkout as it happened:

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