UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has joked that fans hold him hostage when they meet them in public.
Over the past few years, Israel Adesanya has become one of the most popular stars in all of mixed martial arts. The man known as “The Last Stylebender” was able to mix his infectious personality with a fantastic fighting style in the Octagon, making for a finished product.
It doesn’t look like the 33-year-old is about to be done either, as he continues his reign as king of middleweight.
His last outing against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 was the main event of International Fight Week, which should give fans a pretty good idea of the value he places on the UFC.
Of course, Adesanya also has his fair share of criticism, with some believing he hasn’t lived up to the pre-fight hype he’s given in his recent outings.
Still, whatever you think of him, there’s no denying what a superstar he is – but according to the champ himself, that’s not always a good thing.
“I used to randomly smile in public and they smiled back. Now they arrest me and hold me hostage with their conversations. But with a smile like this, who wouldn’t want to stop me…”
It’s probably a little more than a joke, but it definitely raises an important question when it comes to whether fans have the “right” to shut down some of their favorite fighters and athletes upon seeing them in the street.
The next assignment
It seems like a permanent move up to 205 pounds is almost inevitable for Izzy, but at this point in his career he’s still aiming to build a real legacy at 185.
The next challenger, almost certainly, will be Alex Pereira – the man who defeated Adesanya twice when they met back in kickboxing days.
“Poatan” has been incredibly impressive since jumping ship for the UFC, to the point that it took him just three wins to land at the front door of a title shot.
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