UFC 243 Primer: Watch Israel Adesanya’s Jaw-Dropping, Kickboxing in This Must-See Compilation

Many hardcore, combat sports fans were well aware of who Israel Adesanya was before he began his meteoric, UFC rise, and recently Lawrence Kenshin shared out a video which will show you why.

Adesanya’s kickboxing record

The Nigerian born fighter made his professional kickboxing debut in 2011, and Adesanya proceeded to go 5-2, before joining King in the Ring. In the video below, Adesanya’s awe-inspiring run in the promotion is featured, as the vaunted striker proceeded to win nine bouts with the organization.

If you’re a fan of striking, kickboxing, or Adesanya, the video below is a must-see.

UFC 243

On Saturday, the interim 185 champ Adesanya will take on champion Robert Whittaker, in the headliner of UFC 243. Here is the card’s complete line-up, which will take place in Melbourne, Australia (via MMA Mania).

UFC 243 ESPN+ PPV Main Card on (10 p.m. ET)

185 lbs.: Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya
155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta
265 lbs.: Sergey Spivak vs. Tai Tuivasa
170 lbs.: Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
265 lbs.: Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa

UFC 243 ‘Prelims’ Under Card on ESPN2 (8 p.m. ET)

170 lbs.: Rostem Akman vs. Jake Matthews
170 lbs.: Maki Pitolo vs. Callan Potter
145 lbs.: Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn dos Santos
155 lbs.: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Brad Riddell
UFC 243 ‘Prelims’ Under Card on Fight Pass / ESPN+ (6:30 p.m. ET):

115 lbs.: Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
135 lbs.: Bruno Silva vs. Khalid Taha

*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.