Israel Adesanya, a UFC fighter, had a hard few days in New York, and things took a turn for the worst on Monday at JFK Airport.
During the main event of UFC 281, which took place on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Adesanya was defeated by Alex Pereira and lost his belt.
Port Authority Police Department verified that he was taken into custody on Tuesday at approximately 1:57 p.m. after the TSA discovered that he was in possession of brass knuckles at a screening area.
In the state of New York, brass knuckles are prohibited from being owned or carried.
Adesanya was allowed to go free by the authorities, though.
Tim Simpson, Adesanya’s manager, said in an interview with TMZ Sports that the fighter “was presented a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage.” “Israel swiftly destroyed of the object and cooperated with airport authorities after it was discovered at the airport. He has behaved in an appropriate manner. Following that, the case against him was dropped, and he is now on his way back home.”
Adesanya, who is a resident of New Zealand, was knocked out technically by his adversary Pereira, which resulted in Adesanya losing his middleweight title belt. Adesanya is of the opinion that the fight was stopped too soon by the referee, Marc Goddard, despite the fact that Pereira was throwing blows at Adesanya.
Adesanya went down to the canvas while he was guarded by the octagon fence, but he quickly climbed back up to his feet as Pereira continued to swing at him. Despite this, Adesanya was still standing when referee Marc Goddard decided to stop the fight in the fifth round, and Pereira was ecstatic about his unexpected victory.
“You see when I get up, I’m fine because I was lucid,” Adesanya said Monday on “The MMA Hour.” “I didn’t get rocked-rocked. So I got hit against the fence, and my thought was, ‘Escape laterally left or right.’ And then I went right, and as I was going right and as I wasn’t going right, it wasn’t because like I was rocked. It was (because of) my foot.”
“So I went lateral, lateral, and I tripped and looked bad, so I think the referee was like, ‘Two big shots, and he wobbles. Oh s—.’ (But) it wasn’t from the shots, I promise you. There’s no reason for me to lie. It was from the leg, which he caused the damage.”