The Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa has congratulated Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight belt after defeating Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, at the Gila River Arena in Arizona.
A statement issued by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa says Israel has brought honour and glory not only to Nigeria, but to Africa.
The NIDCOM boss said that with Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya beat his challenger, Marvin Vettori, to retain his UFC undisputed World Middleweight Champion in Kickboxing, was something to be proud of.
The statement says the victory, is Adesanya’s third title defence after losing to Jan Blachowicz in a bid to add the light heavyweight title to his laurels.
Dabiri-Erewa, also received another kick-boxer, Kamaru Usman in her office, noted that Nigeria was proud of Adesanya’s performance in bringing glory to the entire country.
She urged the youths, especially those in the Diaspora, to emulate Adesanya and be good ambassadors of the country wherever they find themselves.
Adesanya is now the second African to win a UFC title after Kamaru Usman became welterweight champion.