“Be Mindful of Your Clickbait Headlines”- Israel Adesanya Sends a Clear Message to the Media Following UFC 253

Published 09/27/2020, 11:56 PM EDT


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya spoke out at the post-fight presser fresh off a massive win over Paulo Costa. ‘The Last Stylebender’ turned on the heat on the Brazilian fighter and finished the fight via TKO in the second round. What’s more, Israel moves onto 20-0 and is hot on the trail of Anderson Silva in terms of wins.

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The aforementioned 185-pound title fight was one of the most anticipated pay-per-view events of the year given the fighters’ styles. Although the fight won’t go down as the ‘Fight of the Year’ by any means, Adesanya’s performance certainly stands out. Moreover, ‘Izzy’ provided several iconic soundbites and moments post-fight that are a testament to his pull as a star athlete.

Israel Adesanya lays it on the line to the media

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The Nigerian-born fighter had a powerful message for the media members in attendance just as he prepared to wrap up his interview. Chiefly, Israel Adesanya was fired up after his victory and wanted to let his detractors know that he was still in the game. He also thanked the media and provided them with a few words of caution.

“Thank you guys, I know it’s been crazy times but thank you guys for what you do. I know I give you guys a hard time sometimes, but thank you for what you do. But always remember, you guys wouldn’t have a job if we don’t step in that f**king cage. So be mindful with your clickbait headlines please, be mindful with the stories you write, and the tones you use.”

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Adesanya mainly broached the subject due to the flak he faced online following his first title defense. Fans and media critics alike weren’t too pleased with his performance against Yoel Romero, thus leading to ‘Izzy’s’ view.

He said, “If you wanna criticize a fighter, please criticize away. I am open to criticism because I am human. But be mindful with your clickbait headlines cause one of you will get checked and slapped with a belt one day. My white belt.”

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It is clear with his most recent win at UFC 253 that Israel Adesanya is here to stay. The City-Kickboxing standout continues to elevate his profile in the fight game and grow his lore and legend. Fans will be excited to see where he goes from here, especially within the murderous row of the middleweight division.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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