Nigeria-born New Zealander, Israel Adesanya is poised for a rematch against Sean Strickland after his shock defeat against the latter in the UFC Middleweight title grudge match late Saturday night.
Mixed Martial Arts MMA star Israel Adesanya’s trainer, Eugene Bareman, has asked for an immediate rematch with reigning UFC Middleweight champion Sean Strickland.
The self-styled ‘Style bender’ Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight title in a shocking unanimous decision defeat to Strickland, early hours of yesterday in Sydney, Australia.
After the contest, the Nigerian fighter stepped into the media room to announce that he wanted to be with his friends and family, and that his coach Bareman would offer answers on his behalf.
Bareman said all the technical things that had to do with Adesanya’s training camp were perfect and there was no excuses for the loss.
Bareman is hoping the UFC books an immediate rematch between Adesanya and Strickland, as he is confident they can get the belt back.
The head coach at City Kickboxing believes Adesanya wasn’t on his A-game, and he’s sure they can beat Strickland even if they fought immediately.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.