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'It's an honour to be part of it' – Kiwi kickboxing gym making waves in the UFC

With the likes of Israel Adesanya, Kai Kara-France and Dan Hooker in their ranks, Auckland-based gym City Kickboxing has certainly made a name for itself in the UFC.

After its fighters won nine of the 10 bouts in 2018, the crew at City Kickboxing today had a barbeque to celebrate a remarkable 12 months that saw them named the second most successful gym in the world.

France made a name for himself with a UFC debut victory over Elias Garcia, while Hooker earned the respect of the fighting world in his loss to Edson Barboza earlier this month.

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    Hooker went down to Edson Barboza earlier this month. Source: 1 NEWS

    However, by far, City Kickboxing's shining light is none other than Adesanya, with the Kiwi-Nigerian always happy to return to his home gym.

    "What's special about this gym is the people," Adesanya told 1 NEWS.

    "The people make the gym - the mana, the spirit of the gym."

    "You look at other UFC gyms worldwide, you have a lot of big names, a lot of egos and whatnot. You come in here, it's more of a family atmosphere.

    "It's just the love of the gym, the love of the people, that's what it's about."

    Kara-France emulated Adesanya's thoughts.

    "Everyone's always shown up for each other, that speaks for the success of the gym," he said.

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      The Kiwi-Nigerian will come face-to-face with Anderson Silva in February in Melbourne. Source: 1 NEWS

      "We're 9-1 in the UFC this year, second for win-to-loss ratio in the UFC. That's massive for a country where we only have five New Zealand-born UFC fighters."

      "It speaks volumes for the impact that we've created in the UFC."

      "It's an honour to be a part of it, to represent New Zealand on that world stage, and share it with the brothers that I call family. I can rely on them for anything. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

      Boasting the likes of Kai Kara France, Israel Adesanya and Dan Hooker, City Kickboxing's fighters are shining on the world stage. Source: 1 NEWS


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