Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Middleweight Championship

Celebrities from every corner were in attendance, and social media lit up with highlights and incredible moments from last night’s fight in Miami.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Israel Adesanya Wins UFC Middleweight Championship

Israel Adesanya just regained the title of middleweight champion at UFC 287 in a stellar match against Alex Pereira. Moreover, reactions and assessments of the brawl ran rampant on social media, with many chiming in with their favorite moments and highlights. Even Donald Trump brushed off his indictment to pop out at the event alongside Mike Tyson, Dana White, Kid Rock, and many more. Overall, it was quite the entertaining and masterful display of mixed martial arts from one of the sport's all-time greats. Previously, the 33-year-old remarked his desires to regain his title from Pereira, which manifested into a victory.

"“Pressure makes diamonds, and I’m going to shine," Israel Adesanya said prior to the match during a press event. Clearly, he had a lot on his shoulders on top of a chip to lose, which hilariously manifested after he knocked Pereira out. Not only did he pretend to shoot arrows at his unconscious opponent, but he pointed at his son in the crowd after knocking his father out. This harkens back to a previous instance during which the kid taunted Adesanya for his loss against his dad.

Israel Adesanya Is The UFC's Middleweight Champion

After the fight ended, a video went viral of Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira showing each other respect. Shortly after his victory, Adesanya delivered a powerful speech to those in attendance and viewers at home. "I hope every one of you behind the screens or in this arena can feel this level of happiness just one time in your life. I hope all of you can feel how f***ing happy I am just one time in your life. But guess what?

"You will never feel this level of happiness if you don't go for something in your own life," he continued. "When they knock you down, when they try and s**t on you, when they talk s**t about you, and they try to put their foot on your neck. If you stay down, you will never ever get that resolve. Fortify your mind and feel this level of happiness as you rise! One time in your life. But I'm blessed to be able to feel this s**t again and again and again and again and again!" Check out some notable clips from the event below and return to HNHH for the latest on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Highlights From Pereira Versus Adesanya

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.