Passions are not calming down after it was announced that former champion Israel Adesanya (24-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) drank alcohol and drove. Maybe it wouldn't be so strange if this incident didn't happen 18 days before his match to defend the belt against Sean Strickland.
Since Israel lost that match, many fans and journalists couldn't wait to say that alcohol might be the reason why Israel seemed so uninterested in the match. To make matters more interesting, Israel Adesanyu was stopped by the police that night after he was returning from a dinner where he drank a little too much alcohol.
Now this experienced fighter is facing a big penalty and will have to go to court. The whole event took place in New Zealand, 18 days before his very important match.
Dana White did not defend Israel, but said that the most important thing was that no one was hurt
Dana White commented on this whole case, and his statement caused great public interest.
He addressed Dana White's Contender Series 64 and said that he did not expect this from a professional like Israel Adesanya, but that he does not blame him too much. Of course, the journalists expected much sharper statements from the director of the UFC organization.
“Bad decisions, man,” White told MMA Junkie and other reporters. “No matter how many drinks you’ve had – if you drink, don’t drive. Especially, it’s one thing, Ubering is easy, but when you have that kind of money that kid has, get a driver.
Have somebody drive you or Uber or whatever. “He made a bad decision. Thank God nobody was hurt. Him or nobody else. You know what I say about mistakes: How do you handle them after you make them? Hopefully, that’s a one-and-done for him, and he never does it again”.
as quoted by MMAJunkie
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