Israel Adesanya Shoots Down Staph Infection Rumors Ahead Of UFC 248

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UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defends the gold against Yoel Romero this Saturday Night in the main event of UFC 248.

Rumors have surfaced that Adesanya may be dealing with a staph infection, but the champion says that there is merely a scrape on his elbow.

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“It’s just a little something, a little scrape of myself,” Adesanya said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com). “That s**t happens, but whatever.”

The scrape is not expected to affect Adesanya much, if at all, heading into his title defense this weekend at UFC 248.

Adesanya proclaims that he’ll never get a staph infection, but the champion has had malaria many times over the years.

“A little something. I’ve never had staph. I never will,” he said. “I’ve had malaria damn near eight times. I don’t know what else I’ve had. Like you think staph’s going to f**k with me?”

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.

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