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Nigerian Fighter Israel Adesanya Earns Interim UFC Middleweight Title In Unforgettable Match

It's already being called "the fight of the year"

Nigerian MMA fighter Israel Adesanya earned himself a major title on Saturday, when he won the UFC 236 co-main event. MMA Weekly has called it the possible Fight of The Year.

The 29-year-old athlete took home the title after winning a tough match against Kevin Gastelum, which lasted 25-minutes and a total of five rounds. After with the judges picked Adesanya as the winner by unanimous decision.

The athlete celebrated his win on Twitter. Quoting the late rapper Nipsey Hussle whose music he walked out to, writing, "Spoke some things into the universe, and they appear."

READ: Nigerian-American Fighter Kamaru Usman Is the First African UFC Champion


"I don't think about scorecards. All I need is one round. I kept on saying in my native tongue, heart of a lion," se said in a post-math interview. "I have a tattoo of Nigeria with a lion inside on my chest. I was willing to die," he said. "I knew I was willing to give it all and leave it all in there."

The win has solidified the champion's 16-0 record, and has further cemented his status as a force in the UFC world. Next, he'll face middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

In March, Nigerian-American fighter Kamaru Usman made history by becoming the first African UFC champion, and Adesanya is joining him in bringing African representation to the MMA world. The fighter spoke about his desire to bring the title to the continent and to have Usman involved.

He shared a picture of himself and Usman holding their UFC heavyweight belts on Instagram following his win.

"Imagine that," he is quoted as saying in the New Zealand publication Stuff. "Two young Nigerian boys who uprooted from Africa to look for a better way of life and then to go back to show the success we've had. I think that would be massive and inspire a lot of people."

Going through adversity in another land and then going back to show the fruits of our labour... I think it would be powerful," he added.

Following the fight, fans—particularly Nigerians—expressed their enthusiasm over Adesanya's big win.




Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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