Former UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has emerged as the promotion’s most profitable fighter for 2022, selling a combined total of more than $ 1.5 million pay-per-views.
Adesanya ruled the UFC middleweight division for more than 3.5 years before he lost his title to Brazilian, Alex Pereira in 2022.
Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion.
Meanwhile, Adesanya went to drastic measures recently to help himself get over the loss. The charismatic UFC star got a new face tattoo to signify his “rebirth” of sorts in the fight game.
“The old version of you must die before you come alive,” he said in a tweet revealing the new ink, which says the word “dragon” in Arabic.
The “Dragon” tattoo is not the only recent addition to Adesanya’s collection though, as “The Last Stylebender” also added another face tattoo – what appears to be a pair of feathers just outside of his right eye – and a large neckpiece, showing the Egyptian God of War, Montu.
The message from the Nigerian seems clear heading into 2023 that the former long-reigning UFC middleweight champion is looking to reclaim the title from his nemesis, Alex Pereira, who unseated him at UFC 281 with a fifth-round knockout. Though a rematch has not yet been made official, the two are expected to run it back later this year.