A week ago to the day, Israel Adesanya proved once again why the hype is real, finishing veteran Charles August inside of two rounds with a clinical knee off the ropes.
Coming off the first non-controversial loss of his 30+ fight career, Adesanya entered the ring at Knees of Fury 46 in Adelaide on two weeks notice to fight for the vacant WMC Oceania Cruiser Weight (86kg) belt as well as the right to challenge for the WMC World Cruiser Weight title.
"I like to normally stay in shape, always stay ready, so in situations like this I will be able to take a fight without worrying about it,"" said Adesanya.
Up on the score cards after a dominant first round which saw his opponent floored by a big head kick, the 6'3 Adesanya spent the early part of round two avoiding the aggressive power punching of August.
Slipping a big right hay-maker, Adesanya drove a hard knee into August's abdomen, dropping him to the floor and keeping him there.
"The knee that finished the fight all has to do with drilling. Me and my coaches have been working on specific movements and doing them repetitively until it's in my muscle memory. In my previous fights, I've barely used my knees so we have these weapons that we could be using but it's just drilling. When the opportunity presented itself, like we planned, boom."
Adesanya drew motivation from his loss at Glory.
"The experience in Glory played a big part because I came in to this fight a lot more fired up. I don't like losing. I'm not a sore loser, it's just not as good as winning, so I was hella motivated to get back in to the win column with this fight."
Adesanya is currently eyeing a spot on a rumored upcoming 85 or 86kg King in the Ring.
"It's an eight man tournament for money," said Adesanya, "And it's probably one of the biggest promotions in Australasia too."
"Apart from that, I'm looking forward to my next Glory fight so I can get back on the horse and show people what's up, I don't feel like the world knows what I can do yet."
The self-proclaimed 'stylebender', Adesanya is a true martial artist, always evolving and changing the game.
"I know where I'm going but I want the world to catch up to my vision, the way I see things happening, the way I'm living, I want the world to catch up with it"
"Shout out to my team City Kickboxing, Eugene Bareman, and everyone else that has helped me get to where I'm at now, I really appreciate it, chur."
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