Israel Adesanya claimed the interim UFC middleweight championship belt via unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 236 in Atlanta on Saturday.
Gastelum set the tone by taking the first round.
He even scored a knockdown to highlight the frame, but it set the table for Adesanya to show whether he could adjust in the second round:
The takedown defense answered a serious question about Adesanya as he continues to reveal to fans more of his game:
My first year look what I did in UFC, so imagine me in three years what I could do," Adesanya said on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show (h/t Adam Guillen Jr. of MMA Mania).