Israel Adesanya says “homophobia” is behind criticisms of his post-fight antics at UFC 253, where Adesanya mimicked having sexual intercourse with Paulo Costa. For the reigning middleweight champion, the backlash is because people are “questioning their own sexuality.”
- Adesanya defeated challenger Paulo Costa via second-round TKO when they fought in September. Right after the referee separated them, Adesanya mimicked performing sexual intercourse on Costa, who at the time was on all fours.
- Observers like UFC veteran turned analyst Dan Hardy, Adesanya’s actions are “not good for the sport.” Costa also wants to exact revenge for what was done to him.
- But for Adesanya, his post-fight actions were completely “justified,” considering how his rift with Costa during the build-up turned personal.