Israel Adesanya found himself in the center of a scandal, namely, the former champion was found to have a higher amount of alcohol than allowed, 21 days before his title match against Sean Strickland. This information caused great interest in the MMA public, and some could not wait to crucify Adesanya and blame him for his failure in the last match.
The incident happened in New Zealand, and the once very popular fighter drank more than allowed and got into the car. Police stopped him on Wellesley St. in Auckland where the fighter had 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
Israel Adesanya regrets and apologizes to his team and fans
The former middleweight champion made a statement regarding this issue and explained that he had already been to court. He spent the most time apologizing to his team and fans, but it seems that the fans don't understand that.
Many accused him of not training like before and that he had lost the will to compete, to which Israel replied that it was just a couple of drinks with dinner. Who knows if Adesanya would have apologized if the case had not been revealed, but now it is much clearer why he gave such a poor fight against Strickland and lost the belt.
Strickland himself was surprised and spoke as if Adesanya had not entered the fight 100 percent. “I want to apologize to the community, my family and my team for the decision I made to get behind the wheel after drinking at dinner,” Adesanya said in a statement provided to the NZ Herald.
“I was pulled over and gave an evidentiary blood test – the reading was 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood”. as quoted by MMAJunkie. Certainly the apology was well received, but the question remains how his fans will react to this apology, because as some say they paid for the ticket to watch him while he was drinking during the preparations.
“I am disappointed with my decision to drive, It was wrong,” Adesanya said in the statement. “I know that people might follow me, and I want them to know I do not think this behavior is acceptable”.