Furious UFC champ Israel Adesanya will give $3MILLION to anyone who can prove he took steroids
Furious UFC Champion Israel Adesanya Gives $3MILLION To Anyone Who Can Prove Steroids Used
- Israel Adesanya Has Offered $3 Million To Anyone Who Can Prove They Are A Drug Imposter
- The 32-year-old was criticized for his physique in Paulo Costa’s 2020 win
- Adesanya takes on American Jared Cannonier on Sunday at UFC 276
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has offered $3 million to anyone who can prove he is a drug cheater after his knockout of Paulo Costa in 2020 sparked speculation that the fighter had an enlarged chest from steroid intake.
The Kiwi star called out rival Jon Jones with a brutal dig, citing a 2015 fight where Jones hid under a cage at Jackson Wink MMA in New Mexico to avoid a drug test because he had marijuana in his system.
‘You’ll never find me under the cage. I’m always fighting,” the 32-year-old said at a UFC 276 press conference in Las Vegas.
“I’ll give $3 million to anyone who could ever have concrete evidence that I even know what the hell I’m doing with steroids or how to take steroids,” he said.
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 $3 million if you can find someone who has concrete evidence that I have bought, touched, or used even any form of performance-enhancing drug,” he said.
“It’s easy to talk and type online, but it really hit me a little bit after the Costa fight… I was like ‘these bastards are just trying to take away my greatness.’
Israel Adesanya addresses media ahead of his July 3 fight against American Jared Cannonier – after being given a jacket for hitting 50 clean drug tests milestone
Fans claimed the condition of Adesanya’s right pectoral muscle in his 2020 fight against Paulo Costa was an indication that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs
The swollen pectoral muscles led to steroid speculation, as many believed Adesanya was suffering from gynecomastia, in which the man’s breast tissue is enlarged due to hormonal imbalance or steroid intake.
“What’s up with Izzy’s right t**?” Jones tweeted at the time.
‘Adesanya legit only has a chest on the right side lol. Gynooooooooo,” one fan tweeted.
The middleweight champion addressed the allegations, telling ESPN that he has had a blood test and two MRI scans of his pituitary gland to diagnose the problem.
Adesanya celebrates after knocking out Australian Robert Whittaker in their middleweight championship fight in February 2022
The Last Stylebender, as he is known, is expected to wipe the floor with American Jared Cannonier this weekend.
Markets favor Adesanya at $1.19, while Cannonier, who has a 15-5 record, says he’s staying away from critics to conserve his energy for the fight.
The Nigerian-born, New Zealand-based UFC star came on the scene in 2018, going undefeated for four years before suffering his first loss in the octagon against Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz.