1st July, 2022
Nigeria-born UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has offered $3million to anyone who can prove he is a drug cheat.
Adesanya who is now a New Zealander called out rival Jon Jones with a cheeky dig referencing a 2015 fight, where Jones hid under a cage at Jackson Wink MMA in New Mexico to avoid a drug test as he had marijuana in his system.
‘You’ll never find me under the cage. I’m always in there fighting,’ the 32-year-old said at a UFC 276 press conference in Las Vegas, as reported by Daily Mail Australia.
‘I will give $3 million to anyone who could ever have concrete evidence that I even know what the f*** I’m doing with steroids or how to take steroids,’ he said.
He spoke with the media ahead of his July 3 fight against American Jared Cannonier – after being gifted a jacket for reaching the milestone of 50 clean drug tests
Adesanya was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs when fans noticed a supposedly telltale sign in the difference between his left and right pectoral muscles during his TKO win over Paulo Costa in September 2020.
‘I promise you $3million if you can find anyone who has concrete evidence I have even purchased, touched or done any kind of performance-enhancing drugs,’ he said.
‘It’s easy to talk and type online but really it got to me a little bit after the Costa fight… I was like ‘these f***ing c***s are just trying to take away my greatness.’
The middleweight champ addressed the accusations, telling ESPN that he has had a blood test and two MRI scans of his pituitary gland to diagnose the problem.
The Last Stylebender, as he’s known, is expected to wipe the floor with American Jared Cannonier this weekend.
Markets have Adesanya as the $1.19 favourite, while Cannonier, who has a 15-5 record, says he’s been staying away from critics to save his energy for the fight.
The Nigerian-born, NewZealand-based UFC star burst onto the scene in 2018 and went undefeated for four years before suffering his first loss in the octagon against Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz.