Watch: Israel Adesanya reveals what he told himself before epic 5th round at UFC 236

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Israel Adesanya was prepared to leave all that he had in the ring, as he headed into the 5th round of his fight against Kelvin Gastelum. It can be argued that the fifth round single-handedly changed the tide of the fight, as Adesanya left all he had in the Octagon, taking apart Gastelum methodically. He has since revealed on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show what he told himself before the 5th round began.

He revealed that as he was standing there, looking across at Kelvin Gastelum, he said to himself that he was ready to die if that was what it would take.

“I’m willing to die. I’m prepared to die.”

He then went on to say a phrase in his mother tongue, before he revealed that it meant, ‘heart of a lion’.

“I knew I had that in me, but I never ever thought I’d have to use that. I never thought I’d have to get to that point.”

Not only did Adesanya get to that point, but he pushed beyond it, knocking Gastelum down thrice in the space of two minutes. The fight might have been stopped if it had been any other round except the last, but the referee left it up to the clock. Thankfully, Adesanya won anyway.

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