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UFC 271: NiDCOM hails Adesanya for retaining middleweight belt

Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has hailed Israel Adesanya for retaining the Unified Fighting Championship middleweight category in a three sets win.

Dabiri-Erewa congratulated Adesanya’ on Sunday in a statement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu, Media Public Relations and Protocol Officer of the commission in Abuja.

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Recall that Adesanya retained his title, beating Robert Whittaker in a unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 at the Toyota Sports Centre, Houston-Texas, USA.

The NiDCOM boss congratulated Adesanya for the giant strides in defeating his arch opponent, Whittaker for the second time to retain the title.

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She described Adesanya’s performance as a true reflection of the resilience, passion, dedication, and commitment of Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora.

She urged him to sustain the momentum and win more laurels for Nigeria.

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Adesanya took on Robert Whittaker in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia through a knock-out.

Saturday’s fight was Adesanya’s Fourth Title Defence after defeats against Yoel Romero, Paolo Costa, and Marvin Vettori, respectively.

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