Nigerian Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya – recently made known his intentions to open a chain of UFC gyms in Nigeria in a bid to breed more talents that will follow his footsteps into the sport and dominate the UFC in future.
According to the Nigerian-New Zealander professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer, he noted that there are lots of talents in the country, enough to take over the UFC and as a professional in the game, he is hoping he can do his part by opening gyms in the country.
In his words;
“(Usman) Kamaru was the first, I was second, there are lots more coming. Guys like Sodiq (Yusuff), the first time I watched him fight was in Adelaide, I was cage side and he was hitting his opponent with body shots and I could hear it from outside the cage.
In his last fight, he showed fortitude because he got hit a lot. I’m telling you there’s a few more coming, and I really want to open a chain of UFC gyms there (Nigeria).”
There are currently four Nigerians in the UFC with two of them, (Kamaru and Adesanya) already world champions. Others include Sodiq Yusuff and newcomer, Kennedy Nzechukwu.