“He kept it real,” Israel Adesanya gets recognition from Muhammad Ali’s family for the incredible knockout at UFC 287

Adesanya has looked up to Muhammad Ali and drew inspiration during different paths of his life.


“He kept it real,” Israel Adesanya gets recognition from Muhammad Ali’s family for the incredible knockout at UFC 287

Nico Ali Walsh, Israel Adesanya ( Image via: The Guardian, Yahoo sports)

Israel Adesanya has finally achieved a win over his arch nemesis Alex Pereira. With a huge second-round knockout under his belt, Adesanya has proved that he can conquer anything. While the fighter is still 1-1 in the UFC, he has shut down any hopes of a rematch with Pereira. Izzy’s performance garnered him many praises, but his octagon interview won the hearts of many. He also ended up getting praise from a fan who happens to be Boxing legend Muhammad Ali‘s grandson.

After his win over Poatan, Israel Adesanya had reached a euphoric state. He proceeded to give an incredible post-fight interview and mentioned the joy he felt after going through hell for the achievement. “You’ll never feel this level of happiness if you don’t go for something,” said Adesanya. Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s grandson, was a huge fan of the Stylebender’s speech. Walsh took to Instagram to post Adesanya’s speech on his story with the caption “He kept it real.” Nico Ali Walsh comes from one of the greatest names in the sports and entertainment industry. His grandfather, Muhammad Ali, was one of the greatest and most influential athletes who ever lived. Inheriting Muhammad Ali’s skill, Nico Walsh is currently 8-0 in his professional boxing career.

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Nico praising Adesanya is more important than one might think. Words of praise from Muhammad Ali’s grandson have a very deep meaning for the middleweight champion. Adesanya took heavy inspiration from Muhammad Ali leading up to the Pereira fight. His love for Ali was further displayed when Adesanya imitated Muhammad Ali during his post-fight interview.

Muhammad Ali is considered an inspiration for many fighters in MMA and the boxing world. With his ability to trash talk outside the ring and his iconic performances inside the ring, Ali keeps accumulating fans to this day. Israel Adesanya is one of the many inspired by Muhammad Ali and looks up to him every time.

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Israel Adesanya took huge inspiration from Muhammad Ali leading up to UFC 287

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Israel Adesanya managed to save his legacy and cement himself as the best in the middleweight division. After the first fight, many believed Pereira was Adesanya’s kryptonite. But, with tons of perseverance and drawing huge inspiration, Adesanya reclaimed his title at UFC 287. While his training played a key role in his performance, Adesanya was seen taking huge inspiration from Muhammad Ali for his mental fortitude.

In an interview with TMZ Adesanya was asked if he saw a lot of similarities between him and Muhammad Ali?“I won’t say I do see a comparison but there are certain things I take inspiration from his life that I draw inspiration from in my situation and I use it to fuel me,” said Adesanya. Israel Adesanya also drew inspiration from Muhammad Ali when he released his clothing collection prior to UFC 287 involving the legendary boxer.


Adesanya has looked up to Muhammad Ali and drew inspiration during different paths of his life. Comparing himself to the legendary boxer many times in his interviews.

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