UFC champion Israel Adesanya riled up the crowd at a UFC 271 press conference Thursday ahead of his fight against Robert Whittaker in which he hopes to defend his middleweight championship.
Adesanya expressed support for UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who won’t be calling the fight due to a “scheduling conflict.” Rogan has been under fire after a compilation video surfaced of him using the N-word amid allegations he spread misinformation on his Spotify-hosted podcast.
The champ offered his remarks after UFC president Dana White was asked about Rogan.
“First off, let me take this one. Hold up. I’m Black. I can take this one,” Adesanya said, via MMA Junkie. “Look, there’s a lot of c—s in this game. There are a lot of snakes in this game. I’ve been in this fight game since 2008. Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble motherf—–s I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Understand that.
“F— the noise. You know what they’re trying to do. You can’t control the man. He’s got the biggest platform in the world right now. That’s my n—- Joe Rogan. F— the noise. … Just keep doing you, Joe. Have some mushrooms. Keep doing you.”
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