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Ade­sanya rated as top star

- Sports · New Zealand · Israel · Khabib Nurmagomedov · Conor McGregor · Jon Jones

New Zealand’s MMA su­per­star Is­rael Ade­sanya has been se­lected atop the first MMAPower Rank­ings re­leased by ESPN. The US-based sports me­dia gi­ant’s Power Rank­ings take into ac­count a fighter’s suc­cess, as well as mo­men­tum and star power. ESPN said Ade­sanya, the UFCmid­dleweight cham­pion, has beaten ev­ery top chal­lenger. ‘‘And he has done it with a flair be­fit­ting his ‘‘Last Styleben­der’’ nick­name. Whether he’s fight­ing, speak­ing, trolling on so­cial me­dia or danc­ing hisway into the oc­tagon, Ade­sanya is amust-fol­low per­son­al­ity,’’ ESPN wrote. He heads the rank­ings from Khabib Nur­magome­dov, Conor McGre­gor and Jon Jones.

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