The latest multiplatform ESPN Cover Story on UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya debuts today, giving fans unprecedented access to the champion’s life and process. At UFC 248 in Las Vegas, undefeated Adesanya defends the UFC Middleweight Championship against Yoel Romero (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV).
ESPN.com general editor and writer Dotun Akintoye profiled the Nigerian-born New Zealand resident Adesanya, nicknamed “The Last Stylebender.” Adesanya – who debuted in UFC in February 2018 – got his start as a dancer, and he incorporates performance art into his exciting bouts.
Below, Akintoye shares tales about how the Cover Story entitled “The UFC’s Next Big Thing” came together.