Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, may prove to be the cure for coronavirus, in much the same way Will Smith used his own blood to create an antidote for the zombie-monster virus in I Am Legend.
According to “The Last Stylebender,” his lifelong war against mosquitos has made him immune to some of the world’s deadliest afflictions, like staph infection and novel coronavirus. The latter, which appears to have originated in China, is on the verge of becoming a global pandemic.
“How many people died from the coronavirus so far? How many people have had the common cold? There’s this hype about corona, and I had my face mask on at the airport, but at the end of the day, I’ve had malaria eight times,” the UFC 248 headliner told reporters at Wednesday’s open workouts (via MMA Fighting). “My genetics is different, and I’m not above nature, don’t get me wrong. I don’t subject to that. I don’t see myself getting affected by that.”
Fellow UFC champion, Weili Zhang, did not share his optimism, and was shipped from Beijing to Thailand, then Abu Dhabi, and eventually, Las Vegas. “Magnum” will defend her 115-pound title opposite Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the UFC 248 co-main event.
“You guys thought I had staph this week,” Adesanya continued. “I’ve never had staph in my life. Knock on wood, I never will. It was nothing. There’s no fluid. I don’t know what staph feels like. Some people have had it, where I’m from. But I’ve never had it, and I never will, knock on wood. And malaria is the biggest killer in the world, isn’t it? So, this whole corona shit – fuckin’ knock on wood, I hope I don’t get it now talking shit about corona.”
Malaria continues to terrorize regions like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, but does not rank in the Top 10 in terms of global mortality rates.
Whether or not Adesanya remains immune to the Romerovirus is a question we’ll have answered at the conclusion of the UFC 248 main event this Sat. night (March 7, 2020) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.