UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is putting the gold on the line against Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 248.
Adesanya, when speaking about his upcoming title defense, would state that Romero would “crumble like the Twin Towers,” which is a reference to the 9/11 terror attacks.
The fighter was taken to task by Paulo Costa for those comments and now Adesanya has taken to Instagram Stories to apologize, saying the following (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie):
“I never made a joke about people dying or made light of the tragic event that was 9/11. I was simply rambling and my brain worked faster than my mouth in a moment to (choose) the wrong euphemism. You speak on the mic enough times and you’re bound to miss the mark with some bars. I did on this one and for that I’m sorry. I’ll be more careful in (the) future with my words.”
UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.