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Israel Adesanya casually destroying the 'Dragon Punch' machine with an absolutely ferocious high kick shows the power he possesses in his legs.
The UFC middleweight king defends his title against former foe Robert Whittaker in the main-event of UFC 271 this weekend.
He's been extremely dominant at 185lbs, winning every single of his middleweight bouts - including five UFC middleweight title victories.
Adesanya, who entered the UFC having had a successful kick-boxing career, has showcased his high-level kicks inside the famed Octagon.
And he recently put his power on show in a public appearance surrounded by several fans who watched on in awe.
Adesanya was tasked with facing the 'Dragon Punch' machine and ended up smashing it.
'The Last Stylebender' had two attempts, with his second kick annihilating the machine.
His first kick recorded an impressive score of 9438 while his second kick broke the machine, as he rearranged the punch bag from its support.
Adesanya bounced back from his UFC light-heavyweight championship defeat to Jan Blachowicz by outpointing Marvin Vettori to defend his UFC middleweight crown.
He makes the fourth defence of his belt against Whittaker in a rematch, having already beaten him in his career.
The Nigerian-born New Zealand star stopped Whittaker in October 2019.
Speaking ahead of his first UFC appearance of 2022, Adesanya laid out his plans for the year and admits he got 'bored' in his last two fights.
"I want to get three this year, " the 32-year-old said via MMA Fighting. "At least, at least three fights this year. I’m not happy.
"Last year was my, to be honest, most lackluster year in my UFC career, I feel. It was just two fights.
"I went up to light heavyweight, failed that side mission, and I defended my belt at middleweight, and there’s a point in that [Vettori] fight I got bored. My [striking] coach Twista was like, 'Don’t get bored, Izzy. Stay in it.'
"I remember he said that and I was like, 'Oh yeah, true.' He could notice. I don’t know what he saw, but he just noticed I switched off. I was just like, 'Meh, this isn’t fun anymore.'
"Because the guy wasn’t trying to win, he was trying to survive. I was like, I’m the one with the belt, you’re being super defensive, so yeah."