“I Thought It Was Funny as Fu*k”: Israel Adesanya Opens up on How He Once Got Into Trouble Because of a “Joke” From Joe Rogan’s Friend

Published 08/18/2023, 3:18 PM EDT

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There is only a handful of UFC fighters on the roster who are unafraid to speak their mind. Former Lightweight champ Conor McGregor is easily one of the most unapologetic and brazen fighters on the roster. However, there is one more name that can be a close second and that is UFC Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.

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Adesanya recently found himself facing the music when he called Dricus Du Plessis the ‘n-word’ multiple times in a heated verbal exchange after the latter’s fight against Robert Whittaker. Dricus Du Plessis won that fight only to find himself faced with ‘Stylebender’ in the Octagon after that. However, there seems to be another controversial topic of discussion that was recently addressed when Adesanya joined Joe Rogan‘s friend, Andrew Schulz on his podcast.

Israel Adesanya recounts getting in trouble because of Andrew Schulz and his Tweet

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UFC fighters have often found themselves facing the brunt of it when they made a Tweet that rubbed their fans the wrong way. Israel Adesanya, although loved dearly by his fans, was not an exception to this. Joe Rogan’s friend and fellow comedian Andrew Schulz had made a Tweet, drawing a comparison between MMA fighters and school shooters. The original tweet was a dig aimed at MMA fighters. However, things took a turn for the worse when the MMA fighter re-tweeted that with a tagline of his own.

He followed that up with another post that read, “This ain’t getting deleted“, before proceeding to talk about what transpired after he re-tweeted that post.

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He made a joke, right? He made a joke about something.“, started Adesanya, talking about Andrew Schulz. “This is MMA fans and… between MMA fans and school shooters. And I was like… MMA fans… what did I say? MMA fans…“, stated Adesanya, struggling to remember his own words. 

Schulz was seen prompting and trying to help out Adesanya. Just… I can’t remember how it is. Find the tweet! Find the tweet. You’ll get it. But yeah, anyway. I then got a call from Tim like, ‘Yo! You gotta take that down.’. I’m like I’m not taking that down. I was like I’m not taking that down. I was like… no because… this and that, right right right… I’ve got two companies in with me where I was like, what did I say? I just retweeted Andrew’s joke and I added a nice tagline. I thought it was funny as f**k,” recalls the Middleweight champion. 

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While Adesanya’s intentions were never in the wrong place, his choice of analogy was immediately questioned by fans and a few other notable people in his life. However, Adesanya chose to maintain his stance and in the interview with Andrew Schulz on YouTube, he defended himself.

Adesanya defends himself on Joe Rogan’s friend’s podcast

It’s not news that UFC commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan is quite pally with fellow comedian Andrew Schulz. The latter is known for adopting a tone of comedy that might not sit right with everyone one.

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That is why, when Adesanya defended himself after re-tweeting Schulz’s tweet, the comedian knew exactly what he was talking about.

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That’s a good tagline. That’s funny as fuck. I thought it was a good tagline and then there it is.“, said the Middleweight champ. People make jokes all the time. It’s the intent. I’m not saying… I’m not praising Dylann Roof and saying, you know, bravo!“, he added as he defended his actions. “I just made a tagline that was funny and I’m… I don’t care if I have that cloak of being a comedian. I’m like, I hit and miss sometimes. But I’m allowed to try.“, he added, further solidifying his case. 

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Do you think Adesanya’s tagline was not appropriate? Do you think his defense for himself was justified? Or do you think he toed the line a little bit this time? Let us know in the comments.

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Arghyadeep is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His love for combat sports dates back to the WWF. Being a 90’s kid, he grew up fascinated by showmanship, competitive fighting, and wrestling.
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