Israel Adesanya Arrested in NYC for "Metal Knuckles"

Izzy Adesanya was apprehended on Wednesday by authorities at New York City’s JFK airport for possession of brass knuckles, per TMZ.

By Timothy James | November 16, 2022

Adesanya’s Big Apple woes continue - after losing his middleweight belt to Alex Pereira in Madison Square Garden last Saturday, “Stylebender” found himself in hot water with the NYPD. Adesanya was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon at JFK airport - caught with brass knuckles while going through security.

TMZ reports that Adesanya was apprehended near the American Airlines terminal on Wednesday afternoon after the former middleweight champ went through security. Brass knuckles are illegal in the entire state of New York - up to a class A misdemeanor.

Inside Fighting has confirmed with law enforcement that "Israel Adesanya was arrested at approximately 1:57 P.M. [EST] today at JFK terminal for possession of metal knuckles by Port Authority Police."

Inside Fighting's Andrew Capucetti reached out to Israel Adesanya's manager Tim Simpson, who responded with the message that "Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage. When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item and cooperated with authorities. He has complied accordingly. With that, the matter was dismissed and he is on his way home."

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