Israel Adesanya vs. Brad Tavares Breakdown: The Birth of a Star

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria taunts Brad Tavares in their middleweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Israel Adesanya‘s popularity soared to new heights after his clinical masterpiece against Brad Tavares. The process of star-making in MMA is fraught with vagaries, contradictions, and absurd truths.  A cursory glance at the buy-rate of pay-per-views headlined by the most skilled fighters in MMA will tell you that being the best isn’t enough.  Foreignness can help create an air of mystique around a fighter, but its...

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