Kiwi fighter Israel Adesanya on UFC rise - 'I've been hungry and I'm eating good now'

Kiwi middleweight UFC fighter Israel Adesanya is not letting himself get caught up with all the hype in mixed martial arts circles and social media, after he annihilated his opponent with a second round TKO victory in Perth on Sunday in his UFC debut.

Adesanya, 28, born in Nigeria had the MMA world talking with his sensational striking performance at UFC 221, stopping his Australian rival Rob Wilkinson via stoppage in the second round.

After the fight Adesanya said his social media blew up.

"Yeah social media jumped up and for me a lot of people can get caught up in that, even myself," said Adesanya.

"I've always said this for years, I'm very objective, I'm an objective individual."

He also earned a fight night bonus of $50,000 for "Performance of the Night".

"I'm constantly wondering even if I ever think or feel anything like envy or some type of emotion, I always question where it comes from so like why?

"I'm objective about myself so I kind of see how people can get lost in all this s**t," said Adesanya.

"Because guess what? If I didn't win in the weekend you guys wouldn't be here, so I know that is in the back of my head.

"You are only as good as your last fight."

He is looking to fight again in the octagon in March or April.

"I've been up and down in this game many times and only a few people have helped me get to this point.

"Right now I'm just taking it for what it is take each day as it comes, one day at a time.

"You can't complain about having a lot on your plate, when your plan is to eat. I've been hungry and I'm eating good now."

Adesanya has a record of 12-0 in MMA.

The Nigerian born fighter made a remarkable UFC debut in Perth on Sunday with a TKO win. Source: 1 NEWS


'We're working hard to get what Team NZ needs' – Phil Goff on America's Cup future

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is promising to do everything he can to deliver Team New Zealand what they want for the 2021 defence of the America's Cup.

Following yesterday's surprise announcement from the Auckland City Council about the future of the America's Cup village, Goff appeared on Breakfast to reassure Team New Zealand that he is doing everything he can for a successful cup defence in 2021.

"We're really working hard to actually get what Team New Zealand needs for a successful competition," he said.

"You don't always get what you want, but we're going to bend over backwards to give you what you need."

"We're listening to Team New Zealand, we're trying to accommodate their needs - but in the end, we've also got to do what's best for Auckland and New Zealand."

Goff was also confident that he'd be able to deliver a proposition that will keep the cup in New Zealand, rather than see it head offshore, with Italy mooted as another possible hosting option.

"I don't think that's on the cards at the moment."

"You can't totally rule that out, but there's been no suggestion made to us in any of our discussions with Team New Zealand that they want or intend to go elsewhere."

"We've got to deliver these sites that are purpose fit for Team New Zealand, we'll do that."

Auckland's Mayor is desperate to finalise plans for the 2021 challenge. Source: Breakfast


'Open doors for people in Tonga' – Pita Taufatofua on inspiring the Pacific's next generation of Olympians

Tongan Winter Olympian Pita Taufatofua has spoken about his objective at this year's PyeongChang games, hoping to show the next generation of Pacific athletes what's possible for them.

After making the switch from taekwando to cross-country skiing following his participation at the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, Taufatofua is Tonga's sole representative at this year's Winter games in PyeongChang.

However, speaking to media yesterday, Taufatofua says his participation is more of a symbolic statement, rather than that of a medal prospect.

"The goal was to qualify, and in doing so, to open doors for the kids who are watching - in Tonga in Polynesia and the Pacific - to show them that there's more opportunities, to show them that there is a Winter Olympics," he said.

"On a personal level, my goal was to qualify and I achieved that goal."

"From a bigger level, for something that was much bigger than myself - it was what can I do with this? How can I inspire someone to be at the next Olympics."

The cross country skier is Tonga's only athlete in PyeongChang this year. Source: 1 NEWS