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'I was ready for war' - Israel Adesanya reflects on claiming UFC interim middleweight title

Kiwi-Nigerian fighter Israel Adesanya was his trademark self in his post-fight speech after claiming the UFC's interim middleweight title in Atlanta today.

Adesanya, 29, defeated Kelvin Gastelum in a unanimous decision to take the interim title, setting up a showdown with Australia's Robert Whittaker for the title of undisputed middleweight champion.

Speaking afterwards, Adesanya detailed his mindset heading into the biggest fight of his career.

"I always envision these things, but I was ready for war," Adesanya told Joe Rogan.

"I wanted to take him out, but I was ready for war.

"I started this with adversity, like a champion. Like you say, be the hero in your own story."

Adesanya then paid tribute to his coach, Kiwi Eugene Bareman.

"First of all I'm the man, but there's someone who's more of a man than me.

"Without him [Bareman] my career wouldn't be where it is.

"I hope this makes up for all the times I've been late."

Israel Adesanya celebrates winning the UFC interim middleweight title
Israel Adesanya celebrates winning the UFC interim middleweight title Source: Getty


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