Israel Adesanya Is ‘Player One’

What came from that is the composed, charismatic and confident fighter that people see today, that the kids at his primary school pressed themselves against the gate reaching out for, and the one who will walk into Marvel Stadium in October taking part in what could be the most-attended UFC event of all-time.

“Shows you I’m Player One,” Adesanya said. “I’ve been playing this game however I wanted to, and it took me a while to get to this point because I had to do the work outside the UFC, and no one saw all that, so they kind of underestimated me and think, ‘Oh, he’s just some guy that got hyped and pushed.’ No, I’ve been working outside the UFC, so yeah.

“I’m grateful, and I’m honored to be a part of this here.”

Zac Pacleb is a writer and producer for UFC.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ZacPacleb.

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