Undefeated middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya made his UFC debut at UFC 221 “Prelims” card last month and scores an impressive TKO win over Rob Wilkinson in the second round at the Perth Arena in Australia.
Adesanya is a combat sports veteran, having fought in GLORY Kickboxing and several boxing matches. He holds a 65-5-2 in combat sports before entering the UFC.
After that victory, Adesanya joked about peeing in the Octagon in his post-fight speech and explained to the media backstage that he was marking his territory. This act put him in hot water with the promotion’s higher-ups.
Middleweights, listen up!@Stylebender #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/83GC0rfA5e
— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018
Adesanya spoke to Top Turtle on FloCombat, where he explained some people didn’t exactly like his gesture and that’s not the kind of thing sponsors wants to be a part of it:
“‘They told my manager that, ‘We handle a lot of sponsors, millions of dollars in sponsors. So for him to pretend to be with his d**k out and shaking it after he pees as well or whatever, it’s not really a good look.’ For me, how I see it is, fuck, what are the sponsors worried about: Me pretending to whip an imaginary d**k out and pee everywhere to mark my territory or just watching me just beat the fuck out of a dude? I don’t know what kind of game these sponsors are playing or whatever, but for me, I just have to make a statement. Any top dog would do it. My stench is still there. Whenever I get back into the cage, I’m sure I’ll smell it.”
I guess it wasn’t a bad gesture of pretending to be peeing in the cage anyway people did shit during a fight in the cage. (check this out below)
Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya has been booked for his next showdown at UFC on FOX 29 opposite Marvin Vettori on April 14 in Glendale, Arizona.