His teammates include heavyweight boxing contender Junior Fa, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and fellow cage fighters Shane Young, Kai Kara France, Brad Riddell, Alex Volkanovski and Dan ‘Hangman’ Hooker.

The weight divisions allow for the body shapes of different ethnicities, but King in the Ring promoter Jason Suttie says the inclusivity is born from a shared experience.

“Some of my opponents you can’t even speak to them because they are from a different country but you have mutual respect and you become great friends because you tried to knock each other’s heads off and you know what it took to get there.”

“As much as you can see from my skin I am black .. but I consider myself a kiwi and I’ve been adopted by the kiwis.

That’s largely thanks to his sport’s welcoming culture.



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