UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya never minced words. The outspoken Nigerian native, fighting in Auckland, New Zealand, is unapologetic himself and speaks his mind without hesitation. He demonstrated it through his interviews, his personality and his lifestyle.
In a recent article, Adesanya condemned the punishment meted out to teenager Jayden Meyer in North Island, New Zealand. Speak New Zealand HeraldMeyer, 18, was sentenced to nine months house arrest after being found guilty of raping four girls under the age of 16. According to the report, Meyer was charged with assaulting five victims who were 15 years old at the time of the attacks when he was 16.
Sharing the article and expressing his support for a planned protest, Israel Adesanya said he could come to the rally himself and urged his supporters to do the same. The peaceful protests will take place on September 8 at Mount Maunganui in Tauranga. The message said:
“Maybe you’ll see all of you there at the Mount Manganui protest. The New Zealand justice system is shocking, I’d have more time for marijuana. The judges handing down these sentences should be deeply ashamed. What if it was one of your 15-year-old daughters in your family who violated your “honor”??”
Israel Adesanya has condemned the New Zealand government in the past
In May last year, City Kickboxing prospect Fau Vake was attacked by four men on Symonds Street in Auckland. After fighting for his life in hospital, Vake succumbed to his injuries and died, leaving behind a young daughter and a grieving family.
Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker and other CKB teammates openly expressed their anger and disappointment over this unfortunate incident. What added to their disappointment was the disappointing sentence meted out to his attackers. Ofa Folau, Siofilisi Paongo, Semisie Pomale and a fourth man have been charged with the fatal offence. Folau pleaded guilty to two counts representative of assault with intent to injure and was sentenced to six months house arrest for each of the two counts.
In an interaction with the New Zealand Herald, Adesanya criticized lawmakers in his country for rejecting a bill that proposed a 20-year sentence for loose punches. He said:
“He [Folau] only gets six months of house D (detention) where he can be in the comfort of his own home and not go to work and relax. For me, I don’t know if he can sleep at night. To me, I just don’t understand what kind of person looks at a law like that and says, “Hmm, that’s a bad law.” Why would we put this in place? I don’t understand. I don’t understand.”
Watch Israel Adesanya speak to the NZ Herald below: