Israel Adesanya had a successful year in the UFC winning two major fights and was crowned UFC's middleweight champion in 2019.
The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter became the interim champion after defeating American Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.
And the 30-year-old ended the year as middleweight champion following a knockout victory over Robert Whittaker.
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Adesanya has now been awarded with the 2019 Helwani Nose Award for the fight of the year against Gastelum.
The Last Stylebender told his corner he was willing to die going into the final round of his incredible battle with Gastelum.
He also earned the best Walk Out of the Year when he performed choreography with his dance group before his fight with Whittaker.
Adesanya's second title defence is likely to be with Yoel Romero in March after a mandatory challenger Paulo Costa was forced out through injury.
“The fight’s done,” Adesanya said.
“I literally just got to the gym now. I’m about to get some work in. Make no mistake, I’m still putting work in. I’m still getting ready for my second title defense against a veteran in the game, a veteran in the wrestling, a tough motherf-----, the boogeyman of the division, the guy no one calls out - except ‘Stylebender.’”
“The fight will happen, and it will happen on our terms as well,” he added.
“I’m happy. I have no doubt that I’m going to get what I want out of this fight.”
The British heavyweight champion has agreed to give up his belts after he was ordered to face Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk to retain his IBO and IBF titles.
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