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Former UFC champion Israel Adesanya pleads guilty to drunk driving charge after Aug. 19 incident

The former 185-pound roost-ruler will be sentenced in Jan. 2024 after pleading guilty to drunk driving in New Zealand.

Israel Adesanya was pulled over and hit with a drunk driving charge just three weeks before his UFC 293 title loss to Sean Strickland earlier this month in Sydney, Australia.

That could explain this.

Nevertheless, while the incident occurred on Aug. 19, 2023, in Auckland, New Zealand, news of the charge just became public after Adesanya turned up to court Monday morning (remember: in New Zealand it’s already tomorrow) to plead guilty.

Court documents report that “The Last Stylebender” gave an “evidentiary blood test” and failed with a reading of .087 — .037 above the New Zealand limit of .05. For comparison’s sake, the legal limit across the United States is .08.

It’s unclear exactly how Adesanya was nabbed. According to ESPN, Izzy was on his way home from a dinner with friends when he, “encountered a Random Breath Testing Unit,” implying he went through a checkpoint. In a statement given following his guilty plea, UFC’s former Middleweight champion said he was pulled over.

“I want to apologize to the community, my family and my team for the decision I made to get behind the wheel after drinking at dinner,” Adesanya said in a statement provided to the press. “I was pulled over and gave an evidentiary blood test — the reading was 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

“I am disappointed with my decision to drive,” Adesanya continued. “It was wrong. I know that people might follow me and I want them to know I do not think this behavior is acceptable.”

Adesanya will return to court on Jan. 10, 2023, where a sentencing will be issued. The maximum penalty for the charge is three months imprisonment or a $4,500 fine. Izzy’s lawyer, Karl Trotter, has requested a discharge without conviction, which means the 34-year-old sports star won’t have a criminal record hanging over his head.

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