UFC: Israel Adesanya compared new McLaren to spaceship

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is still adjusting to life as an international superstar, after his title win over Robert Whittaker earlier this month. 

The Nigerian-born fighter celebrated his second-round triumph at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium by splashing out on a new set of wheels, valued at more than $650,000. 

On Monday, 'The Last Stylebender' posted a photo to Instagram, posing with a 2019 orange McLaren 720s Spider, which he called 'Kurama'.

Two days later, he teased his 1.6 million Instagram followers with a post of a smashed orange McLaren with the caption "F..., oh well", but it was later revealed the image was from a crash in the UK.

The 30-year-old also drove his automobile to the Newshub offices on Thursday to appear on The AM Show. 

Adesanya had always envisioned owning a Lamborghini, but sadly one thing prevented him from owning one. 

"I have this Lamborghini toy car that I've always visualised owning," said Adesanya, who stands at 1.93m tall. "I test-drove it and my head hits the roof, so it wasn't suitable. 

"But the cool thing about the McLaren is that it was invented by a Kiwi guy, which is something not many people know about it. 

"It feels like a spaceship. People keep saying 'well deserved', but I don't feel like I deserved it - I earnt it." 

Adesanya added that since becoming a champion, he's been flooded by thousands of people wanting photos and autographs. 

"Sometimes, it gets too much. I love meeting people, but sometimes they came at you at a 10, when you're just trying to chill at a three and I don't have to match everyone's energy." 

Watch the video above for the full AM Show interview.