The furor over Israel Adesanya’s post-fight antics at UFC 253 continues.
In case you had been too puffed up by his spectacular second-round technical knockout victory over Paulo Costa to note (watch highlights), allow us to fill you in: Adesanya humped Costa’s downed physique like a canine earlier than making a reference to his manhood as the one black belt he wanted. He adopted this up by going as much as Staff “Borrachinha” and pretending to ejaculate on them. Watch all of it right here, simply be ready for your monocle to come out.
It was not precisely within the honorable spirit of martial arts, some really feel.
That features UFC fighter-turned commentator, Dan Hardy, who referred to like it like it’s earlier than explaining (though not excusing) it.
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“It was crass, is the reality,” Hardy instructed a scrum of reporters on “Battle Island” (through MMA Combating). “It was pointless and it was crass. It’s not good for the game to be seeing these issues, however on a similar time we see lots of the superstars they stand out, they create headlines due to the factor that they do. [Adesanya] was urinating on the octagon in his UFC debut. We shouldn’t be shocked by this stuff.
“There’s lots of animosity between these guys, and we do act out once we’re in these situations,” he continued. “When your adrenaline’s up. You’ve simply received combat. You’ve acquired all this vitality. What number of occasions do you see individuals doing horrible dances after fights and stuff? I’ve accomplished it myself.”
“You don’t know what you’re saying in interviews as a result of your adrenaline’s going, you’re simply ‘blah!!!’ It occurs. Typically it’s tough to maintain management of yourselves in these circumstances, however, that’s once you see somebody like that and also you type of assuming, properly, it wasn’t within the spirit of martial arts and actually that’s what we need to be seen, to characterize the game as an entire. However, in the end, these individuals should be their particular person selves.”
Glad to listen to “The Outlaw” hasn’t forgotten his wild previous the place he very a lot represented that edgy punk spirit that so many stodgy people say is anathema to martial arts. Again when he was the younger buck climbing the ranks individuals felt like his mohawk and trash speak was past the pale, too. In fact, possibly they’d some extent? Are we simply persevering with to maneuver the requirements decrease and decrease as time goes on till straight-up assaults exterior the cage are simply extra fodder for pre-fight hype packages?
Questions for the philosophers, I suppose.
Again on much less metaphysical grounds, Hardy additionally gave his ideas on Costa’s efficiency — or lack thereof — placing it much less on the Brazilian beefcake and extra on the fact of dealing with an opponent like Adesanya.
“It should be very very like combating Khabib,” Hardy stated. “You possibly can’t actually perceive what his wrestling’s like till he’s acquired his palms on you. I believe once you stand in the entrance of Israel Adesanya, you possibly can’t actually perceive what that’s like till it’s there. And when it’s there, it’s too late.”
Possibly now that Costa has felt the warmth, it’ll assist him for his “quick rematch.”