Israel Adesanya’s meteoric rise up the ranks of UFC’s Middleweight Division cannot be disputed. The “StyleBender” carries a unique combination of fighting skills and charisma every time he’s in the octagon.

Adesanya successfully defended his title against Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 271. The mma bout was billed as Adesanya vs Whittaker 2. It took place at the Toyota Center Saturday (Feb. 12).

At the post-fight presser, Adesanya was about to answer a question when he noticed WWE Hall of Famer Booker T sitting in the room. He confirmed the wrestling legend’s presence by asking, “Is that Booker T?”

When told in affirmation, the UFC Middleweight Champion said the iconic catchphrase wrestling fans are all too familiar with. “Five time, five time, five time, five time, five time UFC f**king champion,” he yelled enthusiastically.


“And I was like, ‘Is that Booker T? What the f**k! Holy Sh*t!’ Sorry just being a fan (laughs). The f**k is… (laughs again). O Sh*t! My man, respect to you bro,” he said while holding the peace sign.

It seems that the UFC champion was caught off guard by the presence of Mr. Five Time himself. The two also shared a brief moment when Booker T approached Adesanya to congratulate him for his win over Whittake.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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