With WWE execs Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H octagon-side, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya borrowed the Undertaker’s walkout for his UFC 276 title defense against Jared Cannonier.
Adesanya wore the retired wrestling star’s black hat and carried and urn as the funeral chimes of his 6-10 counterpart sounded at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada Athletic Commission officials dutifully followed (and paused) when Adesanya stopped for his spotlight in the 20,000-seat arena.
Check out video of the entrance.
Already known for his colorful walkouts, the middleweight champ’s entrance was quickly hailed as a classic by his colleagues.
This is epic— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 3, 2022
Izzy comin out to the undertaker theme in front of Vince McMahon— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) July 3, 2022
Stylebender… Fucking love this guy— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 3, 2022
A former kickboxing champion, Adesanya is widely known as an avid fan of anime and even got heated when fellow UFC 276 fighter Sean Strickland took a shot at his obsession.
Still, until Saturday’s pay-per-view event, he was not known for invoking pro-wrestlers in the way that was the signature of three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen or former heavyweight champ Josh Barnett.
But without question, Adesanya got the attention of UFC fans and the pro-wrestling royalty waiting for him to put on a show in the octagon. On Saturday, he showed again he’s just as capable of putting one on outside the cage.