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Israel Adesanya has charges dismissed for airport brass knuckle arrest — ‘It was an innocent mistake’

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, won’t be doing any hard time for his recent luggage mix-up in New York.

Today (Tues., Dec. 6, 2022), Adesanya had his case for illegally taking a pair of brass knuckles through the John F. Kennedy airport in Queens, N.Y., last month (Nov. 2022) dismissed after an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) was issued, per TMZ. This means the former 185-pound kingpin won’t find himself in any further trouble if he does not break the law and get arrested in the United States in the next six months.

“It was very simple and straightforward,” Paradigm Sports general counsel and athlete manager, David Fish, told MMA Fighting. “Both law enforcement and the Queens DA (District Attorney) did the right thing here. He stays out of trouble for six months, and this is dismissed and sealed, which is the right result here. You can’t possess those things, but it was really just an innocent mistake. He rushed out the house he was staying in to get to the airport and basically dumped everything into his suitcase. Unfortunately, [the brass knuckles] were one of the things.”

Adesanya was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, “The Last Stylebender” would have faced a maximum of one year behind bars or three years of probation in addition to fines.

Adesanya’s couldn’t get out of the “Big Apple” fast enough following his Middleweight title loss in UFC 281’s main event. Facing old kickboxing rival, Alex Pereira, Adesanya suffered his first loss via stoppage in mixed martial arts (MMA). Pereira rallied late in the fifth round to put away his opponent after finding himself down on the judges’ scorecards (watch highlights). An immediate rematch is expected for the pair, but no traction in negotiations has been made as of yet.

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