Israel Adesanya had a successful year in the UFC winning two major fights and was crowned UFC’s middleweight champion in 2019.
The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter became the interim champion after defeating American Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.
And the 30-year-old ended the year as middleweight champion following a knockout victory over Robert Whittaker.
Adesanya has now been awarded with the 2019 Helwani Nose Award for the fight of the year against Gastelum.
The Last Stylebender told his corner he was willing to die going into the final round of his incredible battle with Gastelum.
He also earned the best Walk Out of the Year when he performed choreography with his dance group before his fight with Whittaker.
Adesanya’s second title defence is likely to be with Yoel Romero in March after a mandatory challenger Paulo Costa was forced out through injury.
“The fight’s done,” Adesanya said.
“I literally just got to the gym now. I’m about to get some work in. Make no mistake, I’m still putting work in. I’m still getting ready for my second title defense against a veteran in the game, a veteran in the wrestling, a tough motherf—–, the boogeyman of the division, the guy no one calls out – except ‘Stylebender.’”
“The fight will happen, and it will happen on our terms as well,” he added.
“I’m happy. I have no doubt that I’m going to get what I want out of this fight.”
The British heavyweight champion has agreed to give up his belts after he was ordered to face Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk to retain his IBO and IBF titles.
Asisat Oshoala wins Africa’s Best Women Footballer’s Award for the fourth time
Super Falcons player, Asisat Oshoala took to Instagram to celebrate winning the African best women footballer award for the fourth time.
Oshoala who noted that sometimes people forget to smell the roses along the way in life, revealed that she is always thinking about her next move and also never stops to celebrate her wins.
The Barcelona star revealed that winning the award for the fourth time is an amazing accomplishment and she is extremely blessed to have been in a position to accomplish it.
4 times baby!!! Sometimes you forget to smell the roses along the way in life. I’m always the type thinking about my next move and never really stop and celebrate he things in between. This is such an amazing accomplishment and I’m extremely blessed to have been in this position to accomplish it. It’s a blessing to see the wonderful lives I’ve touched in my young life. I truly appreciate all the love. But there’s still work to do
Ronaldo is 1st star to score for 18 consecutive years in Europe’s top 5 leagues
Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his legendary prodigy to another significant landmark after becoming first football star to score at least one goal in one of Europe’s top-five leagues in each of the last 18 years.
The Portuguese superstar, at 34, is showing massive hunger to break and set big records, thereby proving that age is just a number with his predatory instinct making the points.
Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed his incredible prodigy and shut down his critics with a brilliant hat-trick to hand Juventus a vital 4-0 win over tough Cagliari on Monday afternoon, January 6.
The astonishing brilliance, which is his 36th league hat-trick of his trophy-laden career, saw him increase his tally to 13 goals and two assists in 1315 minutes played since the beginning of the season.
The former Real Madrid star made history by becoming the second player in history to hit treble in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League after former Barcelona and Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez.
As if that was not enough, Ronaldo also added another feather to his cap by becoming the first player to score in Europe’s top 5 leagues (EPL, La Liga, Serie A, French league and Bundesliga) for successive 18 years.
What this means is that the former Real Madrid star is the first player in history to hit the back of the net with at least one goal for good eighteen football seasons.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the only player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double digits for 15 consecutive seasons following his first-half double for Juventus against Udinese.
Old Lady came into the game head-high on Sunday evening, December 15, with Ronaldo leading the attack-line in another show of formidable partnership with Paulo Dybala.
I did not impregnate the President’s daughter – Donatus Edafe
Donatus Edafe is not a household name, but the footballer was in the news recently, not for his exploits on the pitch, rather for allegedly scoring points with his club President’s daughter off the pitch.
Edafe, 26, moved from Nigeria to Slovenia chasing his dream of a great football career and while there in the hope to kick start what could possibly become the next big story, he made headlines for causing a small scandal, that ended up being a hoax.
There had been reports of a footballer’s love affair gone awry, and it had to do with an unnamed Nigerian in the lower divisions in Slovenia, who knocked up a lady and got the sack by his club side for misconduct.
Days later a few publications put a name to the faceless footballer and a club name to the organization involved.
However, it turns out it was all calumny and a scandal Edafe is hoping to wish away – even through legal means.
In an exclusive interview on Brila FM’s football Live show, the midfielder narrated what has become his travail.
“When I got there (ND Gorica), I wasn’t getting playing time and my Agent told the club I wanted to leave. I did and went to India.
“Only four foreigners were named on matchday day, but one had to sit on the bench. The club president asked that we be patient, but my Agent declined and we pulled the plug.
“So there was no wrong doing on my part or the club and we have a good relationship; even before I went to India, I visited the club.
“The president doesn’t have a daughter. When I saw the news last week I was shocked and I called my friend Amarachi Osuji, who was in Slovenia and he was unaware.
“The next day when I came back from training I saw my name attached to the story, I was so so mad. The reports attempted to tarnish my name and I will take this matter to the Court,” said Edafe.