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“Adults Pay Kids to Do This…” – Israel Adesanya’s Response to Russell Westbrook Act Sees UFC Fans in Agreement

Published 01/31/2023, 9:15 AM EST

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Israel Adesanya has impressed the fans by agreeing to go against Alex Pereira for the fourth time in UFC 287. The ‘Last Stylebender’ has shown the strength and courage of a true anime protagonist who never backs down. Undeniably, the fans have raised the mixed martial artist to great heights. However, the middleweight warrior’s recent tweet has also caught the eye of the fans. While many celebrities take their time and give the fans their autograph, Adesanya recently shared a video on Twitter that showed the basketball star, Russell Westbrook, coldly ignoring a fan asking for an autograph on a jersey. Without a doubt, the sports fans took to the comments section and voiced their opinion. 

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Fans opine to Israel Adesanya, pointing out a few more stars who won’t sign for kids

Recently, a video of Westbrook refusing to sign a kid’s jersey has gone viral on the internet. The video showed the child begging the basketball star for an autograph while the player acted cold. Israel Adesanya also happened to come across the video and decided to re-share it on Twitter. The former UFC champion wrote, ““F**k dem kids!!” MJ or Bernie Mac or someone…” 


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Without a second’s delay, the fans took over the comments section and gave their opinion on the post. While many of the fans disliked the player’s behavior, many others had a different point of view. Furthermore, many of the fans justified that what Westbrook did was correct. They revealed that many parents and adults send children to get their stuff signed and the basketball star probably noticed the parents.


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Moreover, one of the fans believed that Adesanya was incapable of acting cold to a kid.

Some of the fans agreed that Jordan and Mac would actually do it. 

Nevertheless, some of the fans felt there was way too much negativity in the world. They advised Izzy to give out some positivity as well.


However, the world’s opinion wasn’t alike. Many others disapproved of the behavior and badmouthed the player. Undeniably, it was heart-wrenching to hear the kid beg for a sign and not get one.

Israel Adesanya’s first message to Alex Pereira after the rematch announcement

After days of the UFC 287 main event announcement, Adesanya finally sent a message to his Brazilian opponent. He shared a Hollywood-styled trailer of their rivalry and teased their upcoming fight. Furthermore, the former champion captioned, “In this game we don’t keep score…we settle them. In the video, Izzy said, “Now comes your moment of truth. You wanna play a game? You think you will walk away untested. It’s not over.


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Without a doubt, Izzy’s rivalry with ‘Poatan’ is one of the most entertaining ones for MMA fans. The rivalry began with kickboxing and has climbed the ladders of the UFC. However, how the two would fare against each other in their fourth battle is something the fans look forward to.


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Written by:

Krushna Prasad Pattnaik


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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Coming from a pharmaceutical background with a master's degree in the same and multiple scientific publications, his passion for combat sports and writing brought him to EssentiallySports, where both of his passions met in a beautiful collaboration. He is an instrumentalist and has a profound love for books.
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