But recent airline restrictions imposed after Adesanya and his team booked their return tickets, namely that all New Zealand passengers required a travel isolation voucher, meant that the UFC star was not adequately prepared and could not travel home as planned.

Israel Adesanya has been left stranded in Las Vegas after a mix-up in coronavirus rules The UFC middleweight (R) champion was in Vegas for Dana White’s ‘Contender Series’ event

The middleweight king will have to enter mandatory 14-day isolation back in New Zealand Meanwhile, the 31-year-old played down talk this week of staying undefeated after 20 straight victories. ‘That’s just one of those things that people try and put on you,’ he told MMA Junkie. ‘I’ve had losses in my past that never really changed who I am, never changed the fact that I’m a great fighter. A lot of the greats have had losses. And every time I’ve had a loss, I always come back and knocked someone out. ‘Being undefeated is just a title. It’s one of those titles that people try to hold up like it’s something. But you should see me in the gym. Some days I get my licks, so I know I can be beaten. The Nigerian-born star admitted he ‘got his licks’ in the gym and could easily suffer a defeat

‘But when it’s under the lights and the pressure is on, on the biggest stage and I’m having fun, I’m a hard man to beat. I’m just gonna ride this out the way I’ve been riding it so far. Stay tuned.’ Last week, reports emerged that the wheels were set in motion for the Nigerian-New Zealander to move up to the 205lb ranks to take on reigning light-heavy champion Jan Blachowicz. But Glover Teixeira’s dominant win over Thiago Santos put his chances of challenging for the title in doubt, with UFC president White admitting the Brazilian ‘deserves the shot’. Spark Global Limited

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