UFC star Israel Adesanya shows off new face tattoo as ace plots return following devastating defeat to Pereira | The Sun

UFC star Israel Adesanya has shown off his new dragon face tattoo.

The fighter got the ink as he plans his comeback to the sport following his defeat to Alex Pereira in November.



The 33-year-old was brutally knocked out by the Brazilian in the main event of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The defeat brought an end to his unbeaten run and his time as the UFC middleweight champion.

He has now got a new face tattoo as he prepares to make his comeback in the sport.

Adesanya shared a video of the tattoo process on his social media for his 1.4million followers.

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He captioned the video: "The old version of you must die before you come alive!"

He also added a dragon emoji at the end of the caption.

His tattoo is Arabic lettering that translates to "Dragon".

Fans of the fighter liked the tattoo as one commented: "Looking good, champ. Likin the ink, for sure."

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A second wrote: "The hero always has to go through a rebirth of some sort to finally defeat his adversary. It is written."

A third said: "Year of the dragon. Go get it back brother."

While a fourth added: "Love it champ."

Adesanya was 22 when he got his first tattoo, and has previously admitted that he was worried about what his Nigerian parents would think.

However, he now has a lot of designs on his body, with many being inspired by his favourite anime characters.

He is expected to try to regain his middleweight title against Pereira in early to mid 2023.

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