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Stake Sponsor UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya

  • Israel Adesanya is the current UFC middleweight champion
  • Stake is an official sponsor of ‘The Last Stylebender’
  • Adesanya will also serve as a Brand Ambassador as part of the deal
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Leigh Copson 08 Jun 2021
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Online sportsbook Stake is sponsoring UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya as he prepares for his next title defence.

Adesanya has established himself as one of the best fighters in all of mixed martial arts in recent years.

‘The Last Stylebender’ became UFC middleweight champion in October 2019 when he knocked out Robert Whittaker.

He has since made two successful title defences while coming up short in his bid to become a two-weight world champion.

Adesanya lost to Jan Blachowicz in March, but he returns to middleweight this weekend.

He is unbeaten in 20 professional fights at 185lbs and will look to maintain that record by beating Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 this weekend.

“[He is] a man and an athlete that defines the ethos of what we want to achieve on Stake,” said a spokesperson for Stake.

“A near-perfect UFC record and a world championship to boot, we are extremely excited to be sponsoring such an enigmatic talent on the world stage.

“Israel has goals to be even greater than he already is, and matches our objective not to take part, but to take over.

“Adapting to all of the changing elements within the industry is something we have come accustomed to, making this a match made in heaven.”

Unsurprisingly, Adesanya is a 1.40 favourite with Stake for his upcoming title fight on June 12.

Challenger Marvin Vettori is a 3.3.5 underdog.

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