“It’s a step in the right direction” – Israel Adesanya details role in Netflix animated series Baki


Israel Adesanya is easily one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. However, mixed martial arts aren’t the only thing he’s passionate about. Those who follow him regularly are aware of his endless love for the anime. Even his nickname “The Last Stylebender” is based on an animated series – Avatar: The Last Airbender.


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From wearing an Akatsuki overcoat to a fight to writing his opponent’s name in the Death Note, “The Last Stylebender” never misses an opportunity to showcase his love for the anime.


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Finally, this love for the anime got the Kickboxer a part in the new Netflix animated series, Baki. The Nigerian Kickboxer was part of a promotional interview with AfricaOnNetflix, where he revealed his role in the animated series.

“I’m Israel Adesanya, UFC middleweight world champion, and I play against Chamomile Lessen in Baki. Now streaming on Netflix.


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When asked what it meant to him, he told Netflix Anime, “It’s a step in the right direction … It’s my foot in the door.”

He continued, “Do you know Andy Serkis?” He does a lot of motion capture work… I can’t wait to dive into this world a bit when I’m done with the whooping cough of a ** across the world.

Israel Adesanya explains how he incorporates anime into his fights

In the same conversation, “The Last Stylebender” revealed that there were often times when he was depressed, but the anime came to his rescue. He revealed that he often watches episodes between his fights.


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He said, “During the fighting week, we have a lot of time. I watch episodes in a row to like a little, to get in the mood. But this fight, the fight against Costa, I felt pretty dark… because everyone wrote me off for my fight before. Because they said I was boring, and that I was a boring fighter. I was like ‘What.’… So, yeah, the Akatsuki shirt just arrived… But I felt like I was on some Deidara shit. You will see my art and you will appreciate it.

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Adesanya is no stranger to anime-themed entries. During his time away from the Octagon, we’re sure he may have watched a lot more episodes and came up with an amazing entry for his next fight. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will defend his belt against Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 in February.

Are you excited about Israel Adesanya’s debut on Netflix? What do you think of his love for the anime? Tell us below in the comments.

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