Nigeria’s UFC champion Israel Adesanya has been named the 2019 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year, at the 57th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards, Completesports.com reports.
The award ceremony which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, is New Zealand’s pre-eminent honors ceremony for sporting excellence.
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The award also serves as a fundraiser for the Halberg Foundation, an organization with the stated purpose“to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.”
It was an historic achievement for Adesanya as he becomes the first combat sports athlete to take home Sportsman of the Year honors since 1953, despite New Zealand’s long history of boxing and kickboxing success.
It was a phenomenal 2019 for Adesanya who first, defeated Anderson Silva with a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 234.
Then he claimed…
Source: Complete Sports