Nigerian born Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)superstar Israel Adesanya has been crowned as the New Zealand’s Sportsman of the Year at the 57th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards on Thursday, February 13th, 2020.
Adesanya had a sensational 2019 in the UFC. He started off by defeating the legendary Anderson Silva. He later beat Kelvin Gastelum to win the UFC interim middleweight championship which was judged to be the Fight of the Year.
He rounded off the year by defeating Robert Whittaker with a second-round knock out to become the UFC undisputed middleweight champion.