Brendan Schaub has some concerns about former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s recent legal issues ahead of UFC 293.
Adesanya lost to Sean Strickland by unanimous decision to relinquish the middleweight belt in the UFC 293 headliner earlier this month. It was one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history after Adesanya entered the fight as a significant betting favorite.
Adesanya pleaded guilty in an Auckland (NZ) district courtroom on Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol. After being pulled over and adhering to an evidentiary breathalyzer test, Adesanya was found with a blood-alcohol level just over the country’s limit.
This incident took place on August 19th; just weeks before Adesanya’s main event in Sydney, Australia against Strickland. While it’s too early to tell if this is a sign of a poor pattern of behavior, Schaub has more questions than answers regarding Adesanya’s conduct.
Israel Adesanya Was Arrested For Drunk Driving Ahead Of UFC 293 Loss
In a recent episode of The Schaub Show, Schaub weighed in on Adesanya’s recent run-in with police in New Zealand.
“All this does is push the narrative that Izzy didn’t take Strickland serious,” Schaub said. “I’d like to hear about his honest opinion about this DUI, because all this does is push a narrative that hurts Strickland’s performance…when you’re champ, there’s a different level of pressure, especially Izzy…does he have a splash of Jon Jones in him? It makes him human, everybody makes mistakes, don’t beat him up too much.”
Adesanya doesn’t have an extensive criminal history and this is the first time he’s been charged with DUI. He’ll return to court on January 10th to face a potential maximum punishment of a three-month jail sentence or a fine of up to $4500.
Before the loss to Strickland, Adesanya was having a bounceback year after defeating Alex Pereira in their UFC 287 rematch. He was originally expected to face Dricus du Plessis at UFC 293 before du Plessis opted not to make the quick turnaround after his last fight.
Adesanya has since apologized for the incident and intends on doing better moving forward. But, the question remains if this is another case of a celebrity falling apart outside of their noted profession.
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