Israel Adesanya celebrates first milestone in the film industry after biopic “Stylebender” wins major awards

Israel Adesanya’s biopic documentary, ‘Stylebender,’ presents the personal and professional fighting career of the ‘The Last Stylebender.’ Recently, there has been an influx of documentaries based on MMA fighters being released, including those on Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva.

Adesanya, on a self-imposed hiatus, recently hinted at his return which will possibly be against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 300. The UFC has not announced a main event for the PPV and Izzy is one of the biggest superstars of the sport who can headline the PPV.

Israel Adesanya celebrates the success of his biopic

‘Stylebender,’ the biopic documentary about Israel Adesanya directed by Zoe McIntosh, received critical acclaim upon its release. It made a significant impact in New Zealand, where Rugby and Cricket are the most followed sports ahead of Mixed Martial Arts.

The documentary won the 2023 Documentary of the Year award in New Zealand, and Adesanya tweeted out the result, expressing his happiness. The documentary, which celebrated the life of the fighter, presented an in-depth look into the life of the former long-reigning UFC middleweight champion.

Adesanya, born in Nigeria, migrated to New Zealand, and the documentary beautifully depicted the journey from a nerdy kid to an accomplished Kickboxer and MMA fighter. The main reason for the critical success of the documentary was the honest portrayal of Adesanya, who will be looking to return inside the octagon in 2024. There are many potential opponents for the Kiwi fighter, including Khamzat Chimaev and Alex Pereira.

Where to watch Stylebender?

Israel Adesanya’s documentary film ‘Stylebender‘ set new standards in the genre of biopic documentaries. Critics and fans alike praised the inspiring and entertaining aspects of the documentary, the sixth major production of director Zoe McIntosh.

The documentary was shot in a 5-year timeframe from 2019. The film was first screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in June of 2023 followed by another screening at the Zurich Film Festival in September of 2023. It was also released in cinemas in New Zealand on September 28.

Now, the documentary is available to watch on HBO Max or Netflix. Unlike other documentaries, it has a runtime of 102 minutes, like that of a feature-length film. Nevertheless, the documentary is good for analyzing the man who was one of the most active champions in the UFC. The American distributor of the documentary was WME-IMG, the parent company of the UFC. Mister Smith Entertainment was the British distributor of the documentary.

What do you think of Israel Adesanya’s documentary film? Leave your comments below!


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