While promoting the Engage store’s Black Friday sale, Israel Adesanya recently managed to pull off a funny prank on fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
With the use of social media, the New Zealander who was born in Nigeria shared a portion of a fabricated poster for UFC 298 that featured him and Alexander Volkanovksi. A bold text image was also displayed on the fake poster, which announced that Alex Pereira and Adesanya will be competing for the light heavyweight belt in the main event. The smart marketing trick caused fans who were unaware of its existence to go absolutely crazy, and they were rather pleased to see Adesanya return to action.
In the aftermath of his devastating title loss to Sean Strickland at UFC 293, Israel Adesanya made the announcement that he would be taking a break from fighting for a period of time. The former middleweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed that before he planned to return to the cage, he wanted to properly recover both his body and his psyche.
Fans were astonished by the clickbait that Adesanya used to tease his homecoming on Instagram by posting a picture of a phony poster. They then went to the comments section to share their reactions to the post.
One supporter wrote:
“Bro gave us hope.”
Snoop Dogg’s recent promotional joke may have been the source of inspiration for Israel Adesanya, according to another fan who contributed the following:
When Snoop stated that he had quit smoking, this is exactly the same thing… This is a snare. You must not give in to it.
Dricus du Plessis believes Israel Adesanya has earned his time off
In a recent interview, Dricus du Plessis expressed his opinion regarding Israel Adesanya’s decision to take a lengthy break from fighting. The middleweight contender from South Africa expressed his opinion that Adesanya had earned his time off, but he cautioned the New Zealander who was born in Nigeria not to waste too much time returning to the ring.
During the boxing bout between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou that took place in Riyadh, ‘The Last Stylebender’ made a humorous statement that he would maintain his absence from the octagon until the year 2027. However, he did not elaborate on the length of time that he intends to remain away from the octagon.
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One thing that is common knowledge is that Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis have a fierce competition between them. In the beginning of this year, Adesanya was supposed to defend his championship against du Plessis; however, the South African player was forced to withdraw from the match due to an injury instead. Strickland, who had previously made history with his performance, took over after the South African was removed from the stage.
‘Tarzan’ is now scheduled to defend the middleweight belt against ‘Stillknocks’ at UFC 297, which is scheduled to take place in January. Adesanya was the subject of a conversation between du Plessis and MMA journalist James Lynch, during which du Plessis stated the following:
“He was a man of activities… In his role as a champion, he was highly active. My opinion is that he ought to take a break from the sport for a while. He mentioned the year 2027. A serious injury is destined to befall him in the year 2027 if he returns. That is not something he ought to do.