Nigeria’s Israel “StyleBender” Adesanya became the interim Middleweight UFC Champion after defeating Kevin Gastelum via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 236 on Sunday in Atlanta.
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 14, 2019
The interim belt is just a step forward for him but also guarantees that he will be first in line to welcome Robert Whittaker back to the Octagon. Whittaker was scheduled to fight against Gastelum at UFC 234 in February, but emergency surgery took him out of the fight.
This comes barely a month after Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman defeated Tyron Woodley to become the UFC Welterweight champion.