Israel Adesanya, Dustin Poirier get warm welcomes in hometowns

Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya both captured interim titles at UFC 236, defeating Max Holloway and Kelvin Gastelum respectively. Now proud owners of some flashy new UFC belts, the UFC 236 winners Poirier and Adesanya both recently returned to home to hero’s welcomes.

The UFC documented Israel Adesanya and Dustin Poirier’s homecomings on Instagram.

The two interim champions went into greater detail about their respective trips home on their personal Instagram accounts.

“Such an honor to receive the key to Lafayette Louisiana yesterday,” Dustin Poirier wrote in a post on his Instagram account. “I love my city. I’m blown away by the love and support from Acadiana. Thank you all! Im very grateful and will continue to represent us the best I can.”

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My heart today was like 😭😭😭 …so much emotion as I returned back to my old primary school. Everything felt so small to me as I strolled my former stomping grounds cuz I'm a big boy now, but I was filled with a different sence of wonder, pride and joy. I saw myself as each of those kids and I couldn't help but return to my child mind (not hard for me to do) and remember how I looked at the world at their ages. So many memories that I hadn't even thought of in over 20 years came flooding back like flashbacks. It was a surreal, crazy and wonderful experience. I'll remember this feeling forever💖💕 Shoutout to all the kids at #chrislandschool 🇳🇬🦅 📸: @jeffsainlar aka Oluwajeff

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“My heart today was like 😭😭😭…so much emotion as I returned back to my old primary school,” Israel Adesanya wrote in an Instagram post documenting his visit to his former home in Nigeria. “Everything felt so small to me as I strolled my former stomping grounds cuz I’m a big boy now, but I was filled with a different sence of wonder, pride and joy. I saw myself as each of those kids and I couldn’t help but return to my child mind (not hard for me to do) and remember how I looked at the world at their ages. So many memories that I hadn’t even thought of in over 20 years came flooding back like flashbacks.
It was a surreal, crazy and wonderful experience. I’ll remember this feeling forever💖💕
Shoutout to all the kids at #chrislandschool.”

Needless to say, both Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya are heroes to the people in the places they come from.

Poirier is expected to unify his interim belt with the undisputed title owned by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in early September. Adesanya, meanwhile, is expected to meet undisputed champion Robert Whittaker at a pay-per-view in Australia in the fall.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/19/2019.

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Israel Adesanya takes shot at Robert Whittaker on Twitter

Israel Adesanya has taken aim at the current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, mocking his heritage.

The Twitter image and caption posted by Adesanya mocks Whittaker ahead of their unification title bout intended for 2019. It can be assumed the post was made to promote the fight, cause a stir and put seeds of doubt in the mind of Robert Whittaker.

“Listen here…there is only one Whittaker that is made in New Zealand and it’s origins from Africa. You all are falling for his bullshit PR stunt he tried to pull coming over here like a politician thot tryna get likes. That’s gross, #staywoke #mememajesty.” – Israel Adesanya on Twitter

The twitter comment was followed by a picture of the Grim Reaper and Futurama character Bender (which is likely a reference to Adesanya’s nickname, “The Last Stylebender”) with the caption “I don’t start sh**.. I finish it.”

Some fans found the posts comical; others were not impressed by Adesanya’s seemingly unprovoked attack towards Whittaker.

Whittaker on the other hand, has rarely talked negatively about the middleweight challenger as Whittaker is confident he can outclass him in the Octagon. He has even gone as far as to compliment Adesanya.

During an interview with Newshub, Whittaker said, “He’s got great striking and a phenomenal fighter, but I just don’t think it’ll be enough…He’s well-rounded, but I’m going to bring lots of heat. There is a reason why I’m at the top, and I’m going to prove that.”

Whittaker also seemed perplexed by the comments regarding his heritage. Whittaker was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, meanwhile Adesanya was born in Nigeria but grew up in New Zealand, so both fighters have ties to the Kiwi country.

During an episode on the MMA show with Ariel Helwani, Whittaker said: “Some things I think are ridiculous. Like when he says I’m a fake Maussie, a fake Aussie, a fake New Zealander. Like, that’s just ridiculous.”

What do you make of the comments back and forth between the upcoming opponents Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/10/2019.

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Israel Adesanya to PED-users: ‘I’m snitching’

Despite the very best efforts of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), there are still fighters in the UFC attempting to use performance enhancing drugs. Over the last few months, the agency has busted several high profile PED-users, most notably former UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, and will continue to attempt to catch any fighters who are looking to give themselves an unfair advantage. It sounds like USADA will have some help from UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya as they continue on their mission.

Speaking in a recent interview with The Schmo, the UFC interim middleweight champ vowed to snitch on anybody he hears is using performance enhancing drugs in the UFC.

“He didn’t need it,” Adesanya said of TJ Dillashaw (transcript via MMA News). “I don’t think he needed it to be great, but maybe mentally they’re not confident. Something that Cody said, at the press conference when he was talking shit, he said, he’s the one that showed us how to do steroids. So when he said ‘us,’ that means there’s a lot more people. And even Ali Abdelaziz says he knows five guys who are on it right now, but no one’s snitching. I don’t understand. I tell you what, don’t offer me no steroids, because I’m snitching. Understand that.”

Israel Adesanya last fought in the co-main event of UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he captured the interim middleweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum. The bout was an undeniable contender for 2019’s Fight of the Year honors.

Adesanya is now expected to unify his title with the undisputed middleweight title owned by Robert Whittaker sometime later this year — mostly likely in Australia.

Do you think fighters like Israel Adesanya should do more to help USADA bust PED-users in the UFC?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/10/2019.

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11 moments that defined Anderson Silva’s illustrious career

Anderson Silva, one of the most talented and beguiling champions to ever fight in the octgaon, once ruled the middleweight division over the course of nearly seven years from 2006 to 2013, which included 10 consecutive title defenses.

Silva (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) returns to face Jared Cannonier on Saturday at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro. In advance of his 45th MMA fight, we take a chronological look at 11 moments that defined the UFC legend’s career.

1. Flying in Japan

March 16, 2003

For many hardcore fans, this was the first clip of Anderson Silva’s highlight reels. Former UFC welterweight champ Carlos Newton had just bounced back from his infamous choke-slam loss to Matt Hughes and was following a line of early octagon stars to Japan’s MMA big league. It didn’t take long for Newton to put Silva on the canvas, and several minutes later, they hadn’t moved.

The fight’s outcome seemed written, but Silva showed just how small a window he needed to capitalize on his opponent’s weaknesses. When Newton pitched forward for a takedown, ready to put the fight back in his comfort zone after a standup, Silva launched the flying knee that shocked Newton – and the rest of us.

Israel Adesanya fires back at Yoel Romero, compares him to Groot

Last week, UFC interim middleweight champ Israel Adesanya took a shot at Yoel Romero on Twitter, questioning the Cuban wrestler’s accomplishments and criticizing him for his previous weight cutting issues.

“…and tha fuck what. Y’ll act like Romero is the champ, never makes weight, never won a UFC belt. Them: “yOu foUGht aN OLd sIlVa!!” Me: Anderson is 44, Yoel is 42…” – Israel Adesanya on Twitter

This comment from Adesanya eventually got a response from Romero — though it’s a response we’ve heard several times before from the former title challenger.

“I see you soon boi #iluhju #peopleschamp” – Yoel Romero on Twitter.

Adesanya responded to this comment from Romero on Sunday, comparing the top middleweight contender to the Guardians of the Galaxy character Groot, who only ever speaks the words “I am Groot.”

“…all this ni**a can say is ‘I am Groot!’ #iluhjutoo,” – Israel Adesanya on Twitter.

Romero was quick to respond to this quip, this time using a few more words.

Adesanya last fought in the co-main event of UFC 236, when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum by decision in a 2019 Fight of the Year contender. The victory earned him the interim middleweight title.

Romero, meanwhile, has not fought since June of 2018, when he gave up a razor close decision to reigning UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

Do you think we’ll see these two middleweight stars settle their differences in the cage in the future?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/6/2019. 

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After taking an MMA fight because she was desperate for money, acclaimed Muay Thai fighter Genah Fabian looks to take PFL’s women’s lightweight division by storm

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Israel Adesanya triggered by Yoel Romero fan support: You (expletives) ‘are so dumb’

UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s next order of business is to unify with undisputed champ Robert Whittaker, but is the foundation already being laid for a different fight after that?

This week, a Twitter user triggered Adesanya by picking Whittaker to win their fight. The logic? The fact that Whittaker twice went to war with the seemingly ageless Yoel Romero and came out victorious both times.

Adesanya apparently took it as a slight that someone would give Whittaker so much credit for beating Romero, 42, while completely ignoring his win over 44-year-old former pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva in February.

…and tha (expletive) what. Y’ll act like Romero is the champ, never makes weight, never won a UFC belt.
Them: “yOu foUGht aN OLd sIlVa!!”
Me: Anderson is 44, Yoel is 42…😂🤫

When another Twitter user pointed out that Romero’s late-career resurgence and Silva’s late-career decline aren’t the same thing, Adesanya doubled down.

🤨…you humpty dumpty motha(expletives) are so dumb 😂😂😂
“hiTtinG hiZ pHySikeL pEak LAtEr” hahaha oh man I can’t.
Did you know he tested positive in 2015 for banned substances, accepted a 6 month sanction and kept on going? Y’all are dumb af 😂#everybodysonsteroids #ijustrollblunts

While it’s true that Romero failed a drug test in early 2016 following his UFC 194 win over “Jacare” Souza, it’s important to note that Romero always maintained it was because of a contaminated supplement, which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency believed to be true, which is why his punishment was only six months and not two years.

Romero’s manager, Abe Kawa, made sure to set the record straight with a retweet.

Actually @stylebender yoel took a tainted supplement and has been tested more than anyone else in the ufc and has not had an adverse test since. We are currently suing the manufacturer of said supplement and hearing date is set for may 28.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of Adesanya’s road to UFC interim gold, the fact remains that he endured an absolute war with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 to earn it.

We’d much prefer moving forward with what should happen in the division (a title unifier) before thinking about what could go down after that.

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