In Israel Adesanya’s latest YouTube video, the UFC middleweight champion shared short footage of him and his team working on his grappling and ground-and-pound skills as it looked to be a very intense fight camp for his upcoming UFC 271 main event championship fight against Robert Whittaker.
Adesanya could be seen working out with the medicine balls before trying out some grappling moves and techniques with his team.
Fighters do not have the leisure to go on holidays and vacation when their fight weeks are close as they need to be highly determined and focused on their camps and ‘The Last Stylebender’ spoke about the fact that these are the sacrifices an athlete needs to make.
“Being all around the world, having fights in January, having fights in February. Yeah, it’s not new to me to give up Christmas, give up New Year’s, that’s life, that’s what it is, that’s life sacrifices. Because when I’m done with this game, and I have my family, then I can have all the Christmases and all that other stuff. But right now, it’s just sacrifices for the greater good.”
Adesanya was later seen recovering at the pool with his breathing coach Dave Wood who spoke about how important it was to cool down saying, “But it’s also about regulating their nervous system, being able to control their energy output. And that’s very important, especially come fight week but also because the training load throughout the camp is so high, they need to be able to push back against that stress and have an awareness of how to regulate their autonomic nervous system.”
Israel Adesanya says he wants to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters in MMA
Israel Adesanya has had an illustrious career in combat sports having an incredible record of 32-0 as an amateur kickboxer and then setting a 75-5 record as a professional before eventually transitioning to MMA where his current record stands at 21-1.
However, the Nigerian-born New Zealand professional MMA fighter spoke about the fact that he’s reached the halfway point of his career and has dreams of being one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.
Speaking to Combat TV on YouTube, the current UFC middleweight champion said, “I’ve had over 100 fights. I know I’m definitely over the halfway point of my career in this game so I want to make sure, over the next few years, [I give] outstanding performances. I’ll make sure for the people who show up to watch me fight. I want them to be like, ‘Oh I was there, I watched him fight’.”
He went on to say that that he wants his stories to be told forever that’s how much of an impact he wants to be able to make inside the octagon.