Israel Adesanya has new tattoos on his face with the message “The old you must go before you can come alive!”


Israel Adesanya is sporting some new, very noticeable ink.

Adesanya, who is known for his passion of body art, has once broken down all his tattoos to GQ Sports ,. If they decide to follow up with former UFC Middleweight Champion, they’ll be able to display some more work. Adesanya also added a couple of new tattoos to his body over the weekend.

In a post to Twitter with the caption, “The old version of you must die before you come alive!” Adesanya showed off his new face tattoo, which is the word “Dragon” in Arabic. The post includes a video of the tattooing, with the audio of a famous Malcolm X quote: “I don’t worry. I tell you, I’m a man who believes that I died 20 years ago and I live like a man who is dead already. I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything.”

At the end of the video, Adesanya flashes an image of the character Gaara from Naruto, who appears to have inspired the location of the “Dragon” tattoo above his left eyebrow. A massive anime fan, Adesanya’s love for Naruto is well-documented.

The “Dragon” tattoo is not the only recent addition to Adesanya’s collection though, as “The Last Stylebender” also added another face tattoo – what appears to be a pair of feathers just outside of his right eye – and a large neck piece, showing the Egyptian God of War, Montu.

The message from Adesanya seems clear heading into 2023 that the former long-reigning UFC middleweight champion is looking to reclaim the title from his nemesis, Alex Pereira, who unseated him at UFC 281 with a fifth-round knockout. Though a rematch has not yet been made official, the two are expected to run it back later this year.