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Israel Adesanya Becomes Second Nigerian Champion In UFC History


Top middleweight contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya put on a show in the co-main event of UFC 236 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 13. The two men went toe-to-toe for five rounds before a new interim champion was crowned.

When it was all said and done, it was Adesanya who earned the unanimous decision victory and became the second Nigerian champion in the promotion’s history.

Adesanya also becomes the first New Zealander to win the UFC championship, setting up an epic title unification bout with Robert Whittaker.

If you missed out on the action, we have you covered.

Here are the full highlights from Gastelum vs. Adesanya:

The stiff right by @stylebender puts Gastelum down#UFC236 ➡ https://t.co/EJRAMyfmlc pic.twitter.com/lLE0URn84U

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 14, 2019

New UFC interim middleweight champion @stylebender gives his belt to longtime coach Eugene Bareman#UFC236 ➡ https://t.co/EJRAMyfmlc pic.twitter.com/8p5FQ9Zcit

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 14, 2019

The full results from Saturday’s pay-per-view can be seen below.

UFC 236 Results

  • Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46) – to win interim middleweight title
  • Khalil Rountree def. Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
  • Nikita Krylov def. Ovince Saint Preux via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:30
  • Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
  • Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:25
  • Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
  • Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
  • Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:12

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