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Israel Adesanya on possibility of UFC Africa despite losing title: ‘F*** the belt. Come on, man. We’re us. It’s us.’

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Israel Adesanya said it’s not too late for the UFC to go to Africa.

At UFC 281, Israel Adesanya lost his middleweight title to Alex Pereira. It was the second time in 2022 that one of the Three Kings lost the belt after Kamaru Usman lost the welterweight title to Leon Edwards at UFC 278. As the future of UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou, who ended his current contract, hung in the air. The idea of ​​holding a UFC tournament in Africa was on the verge of failure. However, after UFC 281, UFC President Dana White was adamant he was ‘so focused’ on organizing UFC Africaand Adesanya agrees that despite having two belts short at the moment, UFC Africa should still take place.

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“No, hell no,” Adesanya said on Hour of MMA when asked if it’s too late to do so. “Damn the belt. Come on man. We are we. This is us. What we have done will forever remain in history. There are moments in history that will never be – and this is not the end.

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“But, as I said, there are moments in history that will never be captured again. This will never happen again and I am very proud to be a part of it. Or am I part of it because we’re still writing the book. It’s not over yet. The game is not over. I thought the game was over, but I guess we’ll put the coin back in and play again.”

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According to White, the biggest hurdle for the UFC in Africa is deciding on a venue. White revealed that the UFC is primarily looking at Nigeria as the host country for the tournament, but he is unsure if they will need to build an indoor arena or just use an outdoor stadium. But Adesanya, who was born in Lagos, thinks Nigeria has more to offer than just a venue.

“We can do it — I just know my people,” Adesanya said. “Too much greed, too much bureaucracy and too much corruption. But money matters, and the UFC has a lot of money. I’m honest.

“I love my people, but the government — my people are beautiful people, but the government can be corrupt. Very corrupt. If they see dollar signs, it will be, “OK, we need this and that.” I don’t know how all this shit works, but trust me. I grew up in Nigeria and money is everything.”

As the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria appears to be the best fit for the UFC’s African debut; many current UFC fighters are of Nigerian descent, including Adesanya and Usman. And despite Adesanya’s concerns about the other difficulties of hosting the event there, The Last Bender of Style is confident that if the UFC comes along, the country will build a venue to host it.

“We can build one,” he said. “My people will.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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