Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold, a Nigerian Afro-fusion artist, is among those congratulating Israel Adesanya on his latest success. On Sunday, April 9, 2022, Adesanya, a skilled mixed martial artist and kickboxer known as the Style Bender, performed incredibly. During the second round of their bout, he knocked out Brazilian fighter Alex Pereira.
Adekunle Gold was present at the Kaseya Center in Miami and turned to social media following Adesanya’s win to share an excited video of himself. He congratulated the champion on regaining his middleweight belt.
Adesanya’s excellent performance in the ring has earned him praise from both fans and celebrities. The victory is noteworthy for Adesanya because he previously lost to Jan Blachowicz in his effort to grab the light heavyweight title.
The Style Bender had to come out to defend himself against accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs, which was a major blow for him. He denied the allegations and cleared his name, claiming he had nothing to hide.
In response to the claims, the UFC implemented new rules requiring competitors to undergo extensive testing to verify they are not taking performance-enhancing drugs. This action was viewed as preserving the sport’s integrity and leveling the playing field for all fighters.
Adekunle Gold’s reaction to Adesanya’s victory exemplifies Nigerians’ delight in their countrymen making a name for themselves worldwide. It also demonstrates the growing popularity in mixed martial arts in Nigeria and across the continent.