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Israel Adesanya Dismisses Concerns About Staph Infection Prior To UFC 248

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.”

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