The MMA world is now running out superlatives in describing the instant classic given by Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya.
The middleweight pair made jaws dropped on Saturday night as they went to an epic all-out war in the co-main event of UFC 236 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia.
MMA fans were in unison that both fighters deserved the interim middleweight championship as they gave all their hearts out to deliver a Fight of the Year contender.
But after a heart-stopping five-round contest, it was the “Last Stylebender” who had his hands raised to earn a shot at the undisputed title against reigning champion Robert Whittaker.
Adesanya showed tenacity and total composure in an all-important fifth round, with the match tied at two rounds apiece.
“I was willing to die. We’ve lost teammates to this game, they’re not with us anymore. But I knew I was willing to give it all,” said Adesanya in a post-fight interview.
Check out some of the craziest reactions to the classic Adesanya vs Gastelum fight:
— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) April 14, 2019
Wow! Top 5 Best fight I’ve ever witnessed. Gastulum vs Adesanya #ufcatlanta
— Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) April 14, 2019
That fight was so amazing I almost cried 😂 #ufc236
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) April 14, 2019
One of the greatest fights I ever watched. Congrats for both warriors #ufc236
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 14, 2019
That was elite level MMA in its finest form and a fight to praise forever. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #UFC236
— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) April 14, 2019
That's an absolute starmaking performance for Israel Adesanya and maybe bittersweet that a lot of people might have passed on watching live due to the ESPN+ silliness. Either way, this fight will get some tasty crossover media attention.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) April 14, 2019
— Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub (@btbshowtime) April 14, 2019
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) April 14, 2019
— Ad9 (@lion9iik) April 14, 2019
FIGHT OF THE YEAR!!!!! pic.twitter.com/8fNGDwG0Ux
— Poy (@Poyan_Menezes) April 14, 2019
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) April 14, 2019
Both fighters are animals !!
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) April 14, 2019
Holy smokes. What a fight. I have that last round a 10-8 for Izzy. It all comes down to the 3rd. I had that one for Izzy. Chael had it for KG. I think Izzy should win but this could be a draw, too. Tremendous contest.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 14, 2019
Relive some of the moments of the fight in the video below:
— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019
WHAT A FIGHT! 🔥🔥🔥
An insane ending to an insane title fight! Non-stop action!
Israel Adesanya is from another planet! 👽
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 14, 2019
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