Israel Adesanya Calls for Mental Health Experts to be Present at Quarantine Hotels

Published 12/21/2020, 12:17 AM EST
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Rob Wilkinson of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya took to Twitter recently to express his concern about mental health. During the quarantine period, it’s been hard for everyone to keep a balance in life. Adesanya understands the distress and has called for support to be present everywhere.

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Fighters usually have to travel during these tough periods too. Subsequently, they have to be quarantined in hotels for 2 weeks minimum as a precaution. Sometimes, this is really tough and affects the mental health of a person immensely.

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Israel Adesanya has experienced his fair share of trouble too, it seems. He has called for mental health experts to be present in quarantine hotels to prevent any sort of suicidal behaviors. ‘Stylebender’ also revealed that he always has his help available over Zoom. But, there has to be more professionals at the site to help those quarantined.

This is truly some wishful and matured thinking on the champion’s part. Not only fighters, but any person who has to travel overseas under these circumstances has to take those precautions. Not everyone has those privileges of mental support like Adesanya has. So, help must be mandatory for everyone.

Israel Adesanya is looking to make UFC history

Israel Adesanya is looking to make UFC history in 2021. He is already one of the biggest superstars in the history of the company. “Stylebender” wants to raise his stocks even more by winning the light heavyweight championship in 2021. He is set to move up to 205 lbs to face Jan Blachowicz.

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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: Israel Adesanya reacts after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their interim middleweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It will be fascinating to see how Adesanya does in a new weight class fighting against a bigger man. He also plans on keeping his middleweight belt and defending it simultaneously.

For a long time, Adesanya teased a super fight against Jon “Bones” Jones in 2021. But, Jones moving up to heavyweight might be a speed bump for that to happen. However, given Adesanya’s nature and skillset, nothing is off the cards, ever. He could move to heavyweight too.

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It remains to be seen how he fares at 205 lbs. What do you make of Adesanya’s recent post? Do you want to see him fighting Jones in near future?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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