Israel Adesanya pays tribute to Nipsey Hussle after lifting UFC title

Publish Date
Monday, 15 April 2019, 10:19AM
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Israel Adesanya has paid tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussle in a social media post following his UFC title win. 

The fighter posted a quote from the rapper alongside a group of photos from the fight. 

Adesanya's win in Atlanta makes him the UFC's new interim middleweight champion. It came after a violent unanimous decision win over American Kelvin Gastelum.

A dominant fifth round performance from Adesanya saw him clinch the fight, with each judge scoring the fight 48-46.

The battle saw both fighters pocket an extra US$50,000 bonus, taking out fight of the night honours alongside the main event in which Dustin Poirier beat Max Holloway to win the interim lightweight title.

READ MORE: The world reacts to the death of Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle passed away on 31 March after a drive-by shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles. 

Tributes have flown in from around the world from everyone imaginable including the likes of Drake, Kevin Hart and Rihanna.