UFC star Israel Adesanya has angrily blasted rumours he takes performance-enhancing drugs after a still photo of his right pec went viral on social media.
The 31-year-old’s pec looked badly out of shape during his stunning KO victory against Paulo Costa in the headline bout at UFC 253 on the weekend.
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Some viewers posted on social media suggesting it could be the result of having taken a prohibited substance.
But when asked by ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani if he had taken steroids, Adesanya replied: “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.”
Adesanya put on a masterclass against Costa to retain his middleweight title on Sunday. But before the second round knockout, the champion’s abnormal-looking right pec caught the attention of viewers — including several fellow fighters.
Jon Jones tweeted: “What’s up with Izzy right tit.”
Middleweight star Chris Weidman said: “Nipweird?”
Aljamain Sterling wrote: “What’s up with Izzy’s right pec?! Did anyone else notice this? My girl just pointed it out.”
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Israel Adesanya came under scrutiny for this look.Source:Twitter
Unbeaten Adesanya, 31, was asked about his chest in the post-fight press conference.
He responded: “Why are they looking at my t***ies?”
Doctor Brian Sutterer explained Adesanya’s right pec in a YouTube video.
He said: “I don’t think this is a pec tear. I saw that pop up online and there’s no way Adesanya would have been able to fight with a pec tear.
“The other thing we need to think about here is whether this is just an accumulation of fatty tissue.
“That would be called pseudogynecomastia.
“That can be from a number of different totally benign things, even things like repetitive trauma to an area which would make complete sense for a mixed martial artist.”
Adesanya was far too good for Costa.Source:Getty Images
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