Israel Adesanya racked up some style points on his way back home.
‘A Hero’s Welcome’
‘The Last Stylebender’ is now a two-time UFC Middleweight Champion after finally getting in the win column against arch-nemesis Alex Pereira, knocking him out at UFC 287.
There has been much celebration from team Adesanya since then, including an afterparty full of legends such as Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and so many others. Weeks later, the partying is still not over as New Zealand’s middleweight king had a heck of a homecoming.
Adesanya rode through his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand in his orange $650,000 McLaren 720s Spider before being greeted by a group of bikers.
These bikers would stop traffic on the street to perform a traditional ‘Haka Dance’ for their returning champion. To those unfamiliar with the culture, the Haka is a ceremonial Māori war dance to showcase the tribe’s strength, pride and unity.
An Experience Like No Other
Adesanya was pleased to see it done in his honor.
“I’ve never experienced nothing like that before,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “Never experienced nothing like that before.”
“When I win, you win!” Adesanya wrote on his Instagram. “If “they” won’t celebrate us, WE WILL CELEBRATE US!!! We built this fighting legacy on our own with the support of the people, our people! So thank you for this beautiful display of love my people xo. Most humans only get a ride like this when they’re dead, I’m blessed to be given my flowers while I’m here. 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐✨PS: I would never ever kill myself…EVER!”
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