Nigerian Born UFC Star Israel Adesanya Arrested at US Airport for Possessing Unlawful Item
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Nigerian Born UFC Star Israel Adesanya Arrested at US Airport for Possessing Unlawful Item

  • Israel Adesanya risks a one-year jail term after the UFC fighter was caught in possession of an illegal item
  • Brass knuckles, which are listed as illegal in the United States, were reportedly found in the fighter's possession
  • He has been arrested and may be barred from leaving New York until officials complete their investigation

Just four days after his shocking loss to Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer Alex Pereira, Nigerian-born UFC fighter Israel Adesanya has been arrested.

While going through screenings at JFK Airport, a set of brass knuckles - which are an illegal item in the US - were reportedly discovered in his possession.

Further reports have it that Adesanya was immediately taken into custody at the airport facility, near the American Airlines terminal.

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Israel Adesanya has been arrested at JFK Airport for carrying brass knuckles. Photo: Christian Petersen.
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TMZ reports that if found guilty, Adesanya risks spending up to one year in jail and potential fines could be added.

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He may also be barred from leaving New York until officials complete their investigation.

It’s uncertain if Adesanya’s brass knuckles were a part of his carry-on bag, on his person, or in a checked bag.

Ngannou unimpressed with Adesanya

Meanwhile, it’s fair to say UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou wasn’t impressed with what he saw from the main event of UFC 281, Sports Brief reported.

Pereira defeated Adesanya to become the UFC middleweight champion, and he did it via a brutal knockout.

Adesanya seemed to be well on his way to a victory over the Brazilian fighter on Sunday morning, but massive punches to Izzy's face in the fifth round saw the fight end in stunning fashion.

Adesanya on why Pereira won

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Nigerian UFC star Adesanya finally broke his silence on his defeat to Alex Pereira, claiming that he lost against the Brazilian due to a kick to his calf.

Sports Brief reported that going into the battle on November 13, many fans tipped Adesanya to make himself proud in the fight, but he was unable to make something good happen.

Adesanya started the fight against the Brazilian impressively and was even leading 3-1 at a point, but Pereira came back strongly and knocked the Nigerian out.

Source: Sports Brief News

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