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Undefeated prospect Israel Adesanya makes UFC debut against Rob Wilkinson in Perth

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Israel Adesanya makes UFC debut against Rob Wilkinson in Perth, Australia, on Feb. 10.
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A New Zealand vs. Australia middleweight battle has been added to UFC 221 in Perth on Feb. 10.

The UFC announced on Thursday that Israel Adesanya will make his first appearance inside the Octagon against Rob Wilkinson at the Perth Arena in Western Australia. Fox Sports Australia first reported the match-up.

Adesanya (11-0) holds a perfect 11-0 record in mixed martial arts, which includes a first-round knockout over Melvin Guillard in July. The Nigeria-born fighter holds a 65-5-2 record with 24 knockouts in kickboxing.

Wilkinson (11-1) signed with the UFC after racking up a 11-0 record on the regional scene, going the distance only once as a MMA fighter. He came up short in his UFC debut, losing to Siyar Bahadurzada by second-round TKO.

UFC 221 will be headlined by middleweight champion Robert Whittaker versus former UFC and Strikeforce titleholder Luke Rockhold.