UFC crowd favourite Israel Adesanya has opened up a fresh can of worms after the ugly scenes at UFC 229 shocked the world.
Alleged comments from Conor McGregor’s camp throughout the heated build-up to the UFC’s night of nights culminated in an explosive outburst from opponent and victor Khabib Nurgmagomedov.
Khabib mounted the cage and attacked McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, while the Irishman swung at members of Khabib’s team who jumped inside the Octagon.
The world erupted in anger after Nurmagomedov’s wild brain snap, which put a huge stain on one of the biggest night in the UFC.
NBA great Reggie Miller labelled the circus “disgusting”, leading a chorus of outrage aimed at the mixed martial arts promotion.
Well finally something that surpasses Malice at the Palace.. Khabib vs Connor aftermath is a huge stain for UFC.. Disgusting!!!
Can’t wait to see the fighting in the street between UFC fans in alcohol/ drug fuelled carnage. No respect, no values, no professionalism, no sportsmanship. Disgusting by all parties. No one wins #UFC229 #UFC
But Adesanya — who is rearing to go ahead of his middleweight bout with MMA veteran Derek Brunson at UFC 230 — has a different take on the night that soured the UFC’s reputation.
The New Zealand based fighter said people should “get over” the post-fight brawl, dismissing it as an ineradicable flaw in professional sport. He referenced the ugly NBA brawl between the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets this month, in which no player will miss more than a handful of games — not a huge penalty in an 82-game season.
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“People are still talking about the Conor-Khabib fight because it was more entertaining but a fist fight on a basketball court in an NBA game? Some guys just got a little slap on the wrist, maybe a two or three game ban,” Adesanya told news.com.au.
“That’s three games, whatever. They’re still going to make their money. Nobody cares, it’s just a fight. And that was in basketball.”
The undefeated 29-year-old, who sent a shockwave through the UFC after knocking out Rob Wilkinson on debut, suggested the promotion gets a bad wrap as opposed to other sports.
“Fighting happens in every sport, like football. In hockey they let them duke it out,” he said. “This is just part of sport. People get passionate and tempers fly. Sh** happens. If it’s ‘bad for sport’, go watch golf.
“Fighting is in our DNA, as Dana (White, UFC president) would say. People are like, ‘Oh I’m so embarrassed and disappointed’. Get over it. You’ve got to get used to it, it’s a part of it.”
Israel Adesanya doesn’t know what the fuss is about.Source:AAP
It all got a little crazy after UFC 229.Source:Supplied
When asked of his prediction against the No. 6 ranked Brunson, Adesanya shook off drawing up a blueprint for November 3 but still took a cold jab at the 34-year-old.
“Mystic Mac (McGregor) changed the game with this question. I’m just going to go there and do me. That’s my prediction,” he said.
“In this fight, you can’t even compare our stand up. But for me my greatest strength is my mind, my creativity and the way I think. This guy doesn’t have a clue how deep my mind goes and when others get in (the Octagon), it’s too late. They can’t get out. They’re gonna get f****d up man.”
His long-term plan for the promotion is simple; make money — and get out. Years of fighting inside cages and boxing rings eventually take their toll and the Nigerian-born superstar appears to know his limit.
“My plan is to take all the money and f*** off eventually,” he said. “Right now I’m in the midst of things. I’m a businessman. I’m working. I’m out here trying to secure my own bags.”
Adesanya’s 14-0 record, including three wins in the UFC this year, paints a strong picture for future greatness. Earlier this month, the bombastic striker called out Aussie middleweight champ Robert Whittaker with hopes of dominating the field.
When asked of any weird pre-fight rituals or superstitions, Adesanya was at his most honest.
“I masturbate,” he said without a hint of shame. “You can’t sleep the night before a fight.”
It all goes down at Madison Square Garden at UFC 230 this Sunday November 4 (AEDT).
“I’m doing what I have to do, but at the end of the day I’m here for me. I will get mine. And I will get mine Saturday night,” Adesanya said.
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