Israel Adesanya’s UFC Sabbatical: Reflections and Future Plans

Israel Adesanya’s Much-Needed Break:

About a month after losing his Middleweight belt to underdog Sean Strickland in Sydney, Australia, Israel Adesanya has decided to take a break from the UFC.

Adesanya’s defeat to the 32-year-old American mixed martial artist has been labeled the biggest upset in MMA history.

A Time for Reflection and Healing:

The 34-year-old Nigerian-born Australian fighter sees his sabbatical as an opportunity to refocus, make lifestyle changes, and prepare for the future.

This decision comes after suffering his third competitive loss in the UFC. Adesanya expressed his perspective, saying, “I’m not making any excuses.

Strickland got me on the night because he was the better fighter on the night, and he did his work well.”

No Retirement Plans, but a Need for Healing:

While Adesanya emphasized that he is not retiring, he acknowledges the importance of taking time to heal and recuperate.

He mentioned that fighting four times in the last 14 months has taken a toll on his body.

Adesanya stated, “I’m just going to take my time to heal, and then when I come back, f**king run for the hills.”

Missed Opportunity: Khamzat Chimaev Steps In:

Adesanya revealed that Khamzat Chimaev could have been his opponent at UFC 294, but his team declined the opportunity due to his sabbatical.

Instead, the undefeated Chimaev is set to face fellow Nigerian fighter Kamaru Usman on Saturday, October 21.

Legal Troubles Loom:

In addition to his break from the UFC, Adesanya faces legal trouble. He admitted guilt to charges of drunk driving in New Zealand and could potentially face fines of up to $2,680 or three months in jail.

His blood alcohol level at the time of the incident exceeded the legal limit, and he is set to return to court on January 10 to receive his punishment.