“If You Drink, Don’t Drive”: Days After Israel Adesanya’s DUI Case Which Can Land Him in Prison for 3 Months, Dana White Gives a Brutal Reality Check to the UFC Superstar

Published 09/27/2023, 4:53 AM EDT

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UFC CEO Dana White recently spoke out against Israel Adesanya’s troubles outside the Octagon. Adesanya, the former UFC middleweight champion, lost his title to Sean Strickland at UFC 293 in Sydney. The fight drew a lot of speculation from fans as Adesanya didn’t look like his usual self and lost the fight via a unanimous decision. Many were left wondering if his lackluster performance was due to events unrelated to the fight.

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Subsequently, reports emerged that Adesanya faced a drunk driving charge after authorities found him operating a vehicle while under the influence. The incident occurred on August 19th while he was in training camp for the Strickland fight. After Dana White’s Contender Series 64, a reporter asked White his opinion on the situation. And he revealed his honest take on the entire fiasco.

Dana White had this to say about Adesanya’s DUI situation

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The New Zealand Herald recently disclosed that the former UFC champion had pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge. The incident took place in Auckland. Police found Adesanya behind the wheel with 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system. Surpassing New Zealand’s legal limit of 50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.

When questioned about the situation, Dana White expressed his opinion, stating, “I think that, uh, bad decisions man, you know what I mean? No matter how many drinks you’ve had, if you drink, don’t drive, man. And especially, it’s one thing, Ubering is easy and all this other stuff, but when you have that kind of money that kid has, get a driver. Have somebody drive you or Uber or whatever.”

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In his statement, he emphasized that Adesanya’s actions constituted a poor decision. And expressed relief that no one, including Adesanya himself, suffered harm as a result. He also underscored the importance of handling mistakes and hoped that Adesanya would learn from this experience, making it a one-time occurrence without repeating such behavior.

According to the New Zealand Herald report, they have scheduled Adesanya to appear in court again for his sentencing on January 10th, 2024. The MMA community reacted with shock to the news, and prominent figures in the sphere expressed their views on Adesanya’s situation. With one former UFC champion coming out in support of Adesanya.

Mixed reactions to news of Israel Adesanya being charged with a DUI

Former UFC middleweight champion and current commentator, Michael Bisping shared his opinion on the matter. He stated that drunk driving is “disgusting.But also asked fans not to be too harsh in their judgment of Adesanya.

Bisping said that after looking more closely, Adesanya’s situation was not one where he had left a nightclub heavily intoxicated. Or had indulged in a weekend of drinking with friends before getting behind the wheel. Bisping also noted that the legal limit in New Zealand is 50 milligrams. According to him, “It’s 87 milligrams as opposed to 50, so he was probably still sober, but he just had alcohol in his system.“”

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Popular MMA journalist James Lynch, however, was more critical of the situation. In a YouTube video for his channel, he stated that the fundamental principle is that no one should drink and drive. Particularly in today’s era with readily available alternatives like Uber. In essence, Lynch criticized Adesanya’s decision as a foolish and avoidable mistake.

This incident serves to remind the community that even professional athletes are not above making mistakes. And that drinking and driving can have serious consequences for everyone involved. It remains to be seen what verdict will be given to Adesanya after his sentencing.

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