With the benefit of hindsight, Israel Adesanya was perhaps always destined for the middleweight title.

Coming into the UFC with flair, a ‘take on all-comers’ approach, and undeniable star power, Adesanya put on another elite-level performance as he defeated Robert Whittaker in enemy territory.

Extending his perfect MMA record to 18-0, ‘The Last Stylebender’ showcased a calmness becoming of champions as the New Zealander rolled with the punches and took his opportunities when they arose.

With two separate check hooks causing the most damage to Whittaker, Adesanya unified the 185 lbs title inside two rounds, doing so just 18 months after his promotional debut.

UFC 243 would also provide more success for Adesanya’s gym as fellow City Kickboxing camp mates Brad Riddell emerged victorious in the fight of the night, while Dan Hooker bested fellow lightweight contender Al Iaquinta in the co-main event.

With a record-breaking night in the books for the UFC, and UFC Fight Night 161 fast approaching this Saturday, here are five fights to make with a handful of fighters from UFC 243: