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Israel Adesanya Brass Knuckles Case Dismissed with Conditions After UFC Star's Arrest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 6, 2022

Israel Adesanya prepares to fight Jared Cannonier in a middleweight title bout during the UFC 276 mixed martial arts event Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

Israel Adesanya was reportedly issued an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in his brass knuckles case on Tuesday, per TMZ Sports.

In essence, if Adesanya stays out of legal trouble for the next six months, the case will be dismissed.

The UFC fighter was arrested and briefly detained on Nov. 16 after attempting to take a pair of brass knuckles through security at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police gave Adesanya a written notice and was subject a court appearance on Tuesday.

"Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage," Adesanya's manager, Tim Simpson, said at the time. "When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item, and cooperated with authorities."

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Statement from <a href="https://twitter.com/stylebender?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stylebender</a>’s manager Tim Simpson on Adesanya’s incident at JFK this afternoon: <a href="https://t.co/UoZE4oBoWt">pic.twitter.com/UoZE4oBoWt</a>

Adesanya, 33, lost the UFC middleweight title belt at UFC 281 on Nov. 12 against Alex Pereira by TKO in the fifth and final round.

That stoppage was somewhat controversial, and Adesanya later told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour podcast that he appeared more wobbly on his feet than he actually was because of a foot injury (h/t James Cooney of the Daily Mail):

"I don't blame the referee. Marc [Goddard, the referee] did a good job, but you see it when I get up. I'm fine. I was lucid. I didn't get 'rocked' rocked. I got hit against the fence and my thought was, 'Escape, laterally, either left or right.' I went right and as I was going right—it wasn't because I was rocked, it was my foot. You know, the perineal. It happened to Michael Chandler, [Henry] Cejudo, our boy Jimmy Crute—it happened to him as well."

That loss followed five defenses of that belt and a 2021 loss against Jan Błachowicz for the UFC lightweight championship.

It was also just Adesanya's second loss in his professional MMA career (23-2). It's unclear what is next for Adesanya in the Octagon, though a rematch with Pereira seems likely.