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Former UFC Champ, Israel Adesanya arrested in US over brass knuckles.


Former UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has reportedly been arrested for taking brass knuckles through security and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

The 33-year-old, who lost his title by TKO to Alex Pereira in New York last Saturday, was arrested by Port Authority police in the American Airlines terminal on Wednesday.

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According to a report on Daily Mail, a Port Authority spokesperson at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York confirmed the arrest, saying Adesanya was booked for possessing ‘metal knuckles.’

Brass knuckles are a Class A misdemeanor in New York, and it is also illegal to bring them aboard an airplane. It’s not clear where Adesanya allegedly stored the weapon.

Spokespeople from the UFC are yet to react to the incident.




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Adesanya’s loss has seen him plummet down the pound-for-pound rankings, dropping from No. 2 to No. 8 on MMAfighting.com.

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Adesanya is now a citizen of New Zealand and currently lives in Auckland.

Longtime rivals Adesanya and Pereira went head-to-head on Saturday in a showdown for the UFC middleweight belt, where the latter emerged victorious after a brutal TKO stoppage late in the bout.

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Despite claims that referee Marc Goddard called an end to the fight prematurely, Canadian fighter and trainer Firas Zahabi insists Adesanya should be ‘grateful’ for the decision.


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Israel Adesanya at war with crucial contender, Jon Jones.


Israel Adesanya’s online war of words with Jon Jones escalated once more with the middleweight champion telling ‘Bones’ his mother would be disappointed in him.

Jones, who was previously guilty of a hit-and-run felony involving a pregnant woman in 2015 and has had a number of other run-ins with the authorities, struck back with a stream of messages.


Adesanya had written: ‘My pops already told me how I’d beat you. Trust me he knows. Your mom would be disappointed in who you’ve become.’

Jones’s mother Camille died in 2017 after a long battle with diabetes and he responded by assuring Adesanya that she would be proud of him.

He wrote: “Sitting with tens of millions of dollars, children on fire about Jesus Christ, one of the greatest martial artist and world history. Sure my mom is disappointed, why you mad bro?

“My mother was an amazing humanitarian. I know for a fact that the care project makes her more proud than anything I’ve done in the UFC.


“Izzy thanks for giving me the opportunity to highlight my amazing mother this afternoon, now I’m just missing her. Are we still on for 2021?’

He then continued with more separate posts, writing: ‘Will fight me at any weight you said right?’
And: ‘The world is waiting’.

Jones concluded with: ‘I’m over here kicking myself for arguing with a man that watches cartoons. I did myself a disservice today.’

Jones even accused the middleweight champion of growing breasts’ after seeing the misshapen appearance of one of his pectoral muscles.


Plenty of fans took to social media at the time to point out the unusual shape with many even accusing him of taking steroids. Some steroid users can find they have gynecomastia, a swelling of male breast tissue.

Adesanya has addressed the accusations about his swollen muscle, telling ESPN that he has had a blood test and two MRI scans of his pituitary gland to diagnose the problem since fighting on Saturday night.

He has never failed a doping test and denied ever having taken steroids.

Jones is working hard on leveling up to heavyweight where a huge showdown with Stipe Miocic awaits but clearly a fight with Adesanya remains on his radar.


MMA: Israel Adesanya defeats Brazilian opponent, Paulo Costa.


Nigerian MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya defeated Brazil’s Paulo Costa with a second-round TKO win to retain his UFC middleweight title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night, September 26.

The middleweight undefeated champion, 31, battered Costa’s front leg with multiple kicks to quiet the Brazilian fighter’s trash-talking in the first round of the main event on Fight Island.

In the second round, Adesanya opened up Costa’s face with a high kick and then finished the challenger with punches.

Costa, 29, stumbled backward and could not recover as he was left bloodied and bruised on the canvas.


Israel Adesanya send threats to Yoel Romero – says, ‘If he dies, he dies.’

Yoel Romero has never been stopped in his 13-fight UFC career. Israel Adesanya wants to change that.

The Kiwi UFC middleweight champion will face Romero in a five-round headline bout at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on Sunday (NZ time), in his first official title defence since dethroning Robert Whittaker last October.

Romero has proven to be a tough out throughout his career. The 42-year-old Cuban has lost just three times inside the UFC octagon, with all three losses by decision. A perennial title contender, Romero has become known for his erratic and violent style of fighting and is thought by fans and pundits to be an opponent fighters in the division only face if they have to.

“He’s the guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said.

“Why? I’ve seen him get rocked, I’ve seen him get stopped, I’ve seen him get bloodied, I’ve seen him cry; I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else.

“I want 5-0. I want a wash out … I want a clean sweep. But, if he dies he dies. It’s not really my problem.”

Adesanya requested a fight against Romero when consensus title challenger Paulo Costa was ruled out of action with injury late last year. There were layers to requesting Romero as an opponent, one of which being the fact Romero is an Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler and could pose a test unlike any other Adesanya has faced inside the octagon.

In his last four fights, Romero has attempted to take his opponents to the canvas 64 times, succeeding on 16 of those. In his two title fights against Whittaker, Romero attempted a total of 56 takedowns through 10 rounds.

He won’t be the first to try get Adesanya to the ground should he take that approach, but could find it to be a tricky task. Adesanya has successfully evaded 84 of 98 takedown attempts during his seven bouts in the UFC.

Even when he is taken to the ground, keeping him there is another task as he has shown an impressive sprawling ability.

“If he comes heavy with the wrestling he’d better pack a lunch because he’s going to be in for a long day,” Adesanya said.

Romero, who has won just once in his last four fights, is aware fans expect him to resort to his wrestling for the bout given Adesanya is the taller, longer fighter and a better striker. However, he’s shown throughout his career he’s more than willing to stand and bang with anyone.

“Normally the fights are unpredictable,” Romero said ahead of his bout with Adesanya.

“You can start by thinking it’s going to be a rainy day and then it turns sunny, so I just have a plan and we’ll see what comes out. I’m going to fight him with all of my styles.”

Knowing the unpredictability of a Romero fight, Eugene Bareman and the team at Auckland’s City Kickboxing gym have Adesanya prepared to go where ever the fight may take him.

“I can call audibles at the time,” Adesanya explains. “My coaches are the ones that have the game plan. We know what we’re going to do, we know what he’s going to do; we know his plan A to Z exactly to a tee.”


Main Card

Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Yoel Romero (middleweight championship)

Weili Zhang (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (women’s strawweight championship)

Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose

Li Jingliang vs. Neil Magny

Alex Oliveira vs. Max Griffin


Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Quinonez

Mark Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbek Safarov

Deron Winn vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Early Prelims

Polyana Viana vs. Emily Whitmire

Jamall Emmers vs. Giga Chikadze

Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti