PRIOR to the bout between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum, Adesanya has expressed himself as he does not fancy the UFC belt. According to Nigerian born UFC fighter Israel Adesanya also known as “The Last Stylebender,” he said winning UFC gold doesn’t hold too much weight in the eyes. To me, it’s just a piece of gold that ‘looks good on black skin’.
“I’ve said this on record,” Adesanya said. It’s just a trinket you collect along the way. At least when it’s said and done, I can say I was an interim champion and the unified champion as well.
“Everything just makes for a good story so I’m not really flustered about interim or real. It’s just a belt. It looks looks good on black skin. I wear gold all of the time. I collect gold like a magpie.
“A magpie is a bird that collects shiny things. It’s a black and white bird and they like shiny things.”
Adesanya will co-main event UFC 236 on pay-per-view (PPV) against Kelvin Gastelum. The pair will contest for the interim middleweight championship. The action goes down from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 13, 2019.