Adesanya, when asked about fighting Romero next month during the UFC 248 pre-fight press conference, made a referee to the 9/11 terrorist attacks when answering.
“He’s a guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “Boogeyman, everyone keeps saying, oh – even Darren Till – ‘I’ll fight anyone except Yoel.’ Like, why? I’ve seen him get rocked. I’ve seen him get stopped. I’ve seen him get bloodied. I’ve seen him cry. I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else, and everyone likes to make this myth about, ‘Oh, he’s steel, like kicking steel,’ or you hit him and he doesn’t fall. I’ll touch him enough times. I’ll touch him enough times and eventually he’ll crumble like the Twin Towers.”
While Romero has yet to respond to the 9/11 reference made by Adesanya, an angry Paulo Costa did through Twitter:
Adesanya— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) February 22, 2020
You are a disgusting piece of shit. How dare you make a joke disrespecting the thousands who died and the heroic firefighters and police.I will really kill you, dirty kiwi pic.twitter.com/1vtaqDbozx
There has been no explanation given by Adesanya yet as to why he referenced the 9/11 terror attacks when talking about Romero.
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.