Israel Adesanya doesn’t care what anyone thought of their celebration after Paulo Costa’s graduation at UFC 253.
However, the reigning and defending UFC middleweight champion believes that overreacting to his actions and words after the fight had nothing to do with respect or adherence to an unspoken code for martial arts.
As much as he doesn’t care what anyone has to say about him, Adesanya felt perfectly justified in celebrating, as he wanted to at this moment, even if it meant the post-fight hump that hugged everyone.
“I couldn’t tell what you think is honest,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting. “I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t even plan it. It was justified. As you know, when you’re on Call of Duty and you smoke someone with a headshot and then walk over them and then press the circle, down, up, down, up, some kind of tea bag. I did it that way.
“What it is is homophobia. People are just crazy, why are you doing this, you are not a man because they feel inadequate. Questioning your own sexuality. “
Whether critics appreciated his move or not, Adesanya is definitely not losing any sleep, but he felt like Costa’s pre-fight behavior ridiculed him after finishing at UFC 253 within two rounds.
Despite all the way that Adesanya got his post-fight celebration going, he believes his actions before and after the event showed his respect for Costa, even if the Brazilian refuses to acknowledge it.
“Dude said so much shit to me in the run-up to the fight and insulted me in so many different ways,” Adesanya said. “That was pretty much a second after the fight ended and you expect me to be gracious? Are you kidding me? I was gracious when I walked up to him and said, “Are you going to shake my hand?” And he shook my hand and I said good fight, thank you. Thank you for the game. I was gracious when I secretly DM it and checking how your leg is doing. I just wanted to check on him.
“I told him at the DM that you were disrespectful, so I have to be disrespectful back. If you were respectful, I would be respectful, but I have to make an example of you. I let him know in the DM, then he posted the video that said, “Oh, I want to kill you, I want to kill you.” Then I let go of the DM’s line, look, that’s what happened when I made it . “
If there is anything involved in this argument, Adesanya warns future opponents to watch her words and actions as they prepare to face him.
In return, disrespect is punished immediately.
“I’m not an asshole,” said Adesanya. “But if you’re an asshole to me, oh boy, I can give it back right away.”
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