UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has lashed out at fans and critics of his, addressing his sexuality – claiming many have referred to him as “gay” due to his personality. 

Adesanya, the current and two-time undisputed middleweight champion, most recently headlined UFC 287 back in April of this year, successfully reclaiming the undisputed division title with a stunning second round KO win over arch-rival, Alex Pereira – turning in his first victory over his Brazilian nemesis in their four-fight series.

Yet to return to the Octagon in the time since, Adesanya has been earmarked to return before the close of the year by promotional president, Dana White – who confirmed that UFC 290’s middleweight main card fight between former champion, Robert Whittaker, and Dricus du Plessis will fight the City Kickboxing striker for gold next.

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Israel Adesanya eyes future fight with Dricus du Plessis next

Weighing up his fighting future, Adesanya has notably eyed a fight with South African challenger, du Plessis since winning middleweight gold earlier this year, and revealed recently that he gained the better of the Pethora native during a prior sparring session

“So, you know what’s funny? What’s funny to me – I remember this, we actually sparred,” Israel Adesanya said during an appearance on IMPAULSIVE. “We actually sparred. Hey, sparring is sparring. Alsjo you know what, I’m coming from China. I was doing kickboxing over there, I had no MMA, nothing. I was just kickboxing. I had MMA already, but it wasn’t sharp. It was blunt. My Jiu-Jitsu was blunt, very blunt.”

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“So, we’re sparring – I don’t know if we did two rounds or one, it’s so long ago as well,” Israel Adesanya explained. “This is 2014, so, long ago. I remember like on the grappling he had me. But on striking, I just messed him up.”

And addressing rumors and speculation of his sexuality, Adesanya claimed that he had no issue displaying his “feminine side” – and laughed off suggestions that his manager was actually a “sugar daddy” for him.

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“We still have a feminine side, and a masculine side,” Israel Adesanya explained. “I’m in touch with both. You know, this is why online people think I’m gay, or they literally think I’m gay – it’s the whole thing. That’s my boyfriend, apparently. Ash (Belcastro) – my manager, I guess. They see me in the cage with him all the time. ‘They’re always hugging and sh*t.’”