Israel Adesanya has dismissed concerns that his UFC 248 title fight this coming Saturday night against Yoel Romero may be called off due to a staph infection.
Adesanya was sporting a wound on his left arm during a recent interview with Combat TV, which sparked off fears about whether he’d be able to compete, but the middleweight champion seems completely unphased by it.
“It’s just a little something, a little scrape of myself,” Adesanya told Ariel Helwani yesterday. “That sh*t happens, but whatever. I’ll rub it on his face when it’s time.”
Despite playing it down, Adesanya did go on to acknowledge that it was indeed a staph infection, but insists that it hasn’t even required antibiotics to clear it up.
“F*ck no! I’m here, right?” Adesanya said when asked point-blank if there was a danger of the fight being cancelled. “I’m trying to get paid. I’m here. I’ve had malaria damn near eight times. I don’t know what else I’ve had. Like you think staph’s going to f*ck with me?
“I didn’t even take antibiotics, I just said ‘No.’ I looked at it and went ‘No,’ and it went away. I did it with this one as well when I went jet skiing. I had one on my thumb knuckle when i was jet skiing, the throttle, after a while it starts to bruise from having so much fun. That one got a little culture developing inside it but then I just said ‘No’ and it went away.”