Israel Adesanya reveals flabby pectoral muscle that went viral at UFC 253 was due to ‘smoking too much weed’ in build-up to fight and doctors have told him to stop – but he’s refused
- Israel Adesanya beat Paulo Costa at UFC 253 but raised eyebrows on Twitter
- He was pictured with a flabby pectoral muscle and he has now revealed why
- Doctors have told him that it may have occurred due to him smoking marijuana
- He had been forced to strenuously deny taking performance-enhancing drugs
Israel Adesanya has revealed all about his flabby pectoral muscle that sent Twitter into a frenzy at UFC 253 in September – and says it occurred because he was ‘smoking too much weed’ in the build-up to the fight.
Adesanya was pictured at the event with an abnormally large right pectoral, and he was forced to strenuously deny rumours that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, which can cause inflammation of that area.
He went on to beat Paulo Costa in the second round of their Fight Island bout, and now Adesanya has explained to fans the reason for the bizarre change in his chest.
Israel Adesanya went viral due to his abnormally large right pectoral muscle at UFC 253
He went on to beat his rival Paulo Costa in the bout at Fight Island back in September
‘My pituitary gland was checked, hormone levels are fine, so are estrogen and testosterone [levels],’ he told TMZ Sports.
‘Yesterday we had an ultrasound and a mammogram, I had one for the first time. To be honest, it might have been the unhealthy living a little bit.
‘Like smoking weed, that’s what the doctor from the UFC said. He said I need to stop but I said I’m not stopping. I’m just going to slow down on the smoking weed.’
In the aftermath of the fight, reporters were quick to question him about whether he had taken steroids and so causing the change in his appearance, but he was adamant that ‘skills pay the bills’.
Adesanya celebrates after the fight, but he was later forced to deny the use of steroids
Adesanya (left) says he has turned down advice from doctors to smoke less marijuana
In response to a question from ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani about whether he had ever used steroids, he said: ‘F*** no! F*** no! I know you believe me, but come on!
‘I’m not one of those people that need a crutch that when that s*** is taken away, they feel weak, they feel inadequate.
‘You saw that when USADA came through, a lot of bodies changed and a lot of people didn’t feel good enough without their little magic supplements.
‘But that’s not me. Skills pay the bills.’
Some studies show a direct link between marijuana use and developing ‘man boobs’. This is because marijuana can act as an estrogen stimulator as well as decrease testosterone levels.
Adesanya’s admission on his use of marijuana comes in the same week that Dana White admitted the UFC is working to ‘loosen up’ rules around fighters smoking marijuana following a string of recent suspensions.
Dana White has admitted he wants to change rules around fighters smoking marijuana
Nate Diaz pictured smoking marijuana at an open UFC workout in August last year
Earlier this week several UFC fighters, including welterweight Niko Price and lightweight Kevin Croom, received suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after test results indicated that they had marijuana in their system.
There have been several cases throughout the year too with Tim Elliott, Jamahal Hill and Trevin Jones also being hit with bans from the NSAC. Nate Diaz was pictured smoking a joint at an open workout last year. And UFC commentator Joe Rogan has spoken about the high usage of weed among fighters on numerous occasions, previously saying: ‘The weird thing about martial arts, a tremendous amount of UFC fighters smoke pot (marijuana).’
UFC president White insisted fighters should continue to be tested for the drug but wants to see some of the rules changed. He did, however, warn ‘we can’t have guys showing up (to fights) high’.
White he said as per BJ Penn.com: ‘We’ve been working on (changing the marijuana rules) for a long time.
‘I don’t think you can’t test. When you’re in-competition you have to test these guys. You can’t let somebody go into the ring high. It just can’t happen, you know?
‘I don’t know what to do with that. But we’re trying to… loosen it up. But at the same time, you can’t have guys showing up high.’
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