There’s a reason that the lyric ‘mo money, mo problems’ became an instant part of the English lexicon after Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous hit song dropped in 1997. Wealth has a habit of attracting all sorts of trouble that those without it might never expect. Just ask UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, apparently. At least that’s the story according to bantamweight top contender Sean O’Malley.
On a recent episode of his BrOMalley Show podcast, ‘Sugar’ Sean dove into the deep end of the rumor mill to let some drama out into the MMA world. The supposed source of that drama? The ‘Last Stylebender’ and an apparent ex-girlfriend who O’Malley claims is taking the City Kickboxing star to court.
Sean O’Malley’s got rumors
“I seen Izzy tweet something, I was confused, I really don’t know,” O’Malley began, setting a firm footing for this thing he heard. “But, Izzy’s ex-girlfriend… wants half of his shit. I don’t know how their relationship was ever, because I didn’t know he had a girlfriend, or anything. But, to want half of his shit? To want half of what he’s gone out there and done is absolutely ridiculous.
“Be happy—Izzy give her a thousand bucks—she’ll be alright. But, yeah, that’s crazy to want half. Unless—it’s hard to say, I mean, who knows? If they were together for 15 years, since the beginning, and she didn’t work, because she was constantly making him food and massaging and at the gym doing all this stuff for him? Then I say yeah, maybe not half—definitely not half. No way in hell half, but maybe compensate a little bit.
“So that’s a good reason—dude, girls; you can be in love, but the second something happens, them b-tches get crazy.”
Turns out what Sean O’Malley actually saw wasn’t a tweet, but a series of posts to Israel Adesanya’s Instagram stories. In those posts, the Nigerian-born New Zealander referenced footballer Achraf Hakimi and his messy public divorce, along with several other clips about women trying to get money out of men. He also included screenshots of some texts that he had apparently sent his now ex-girlfriend.
In those messages, Adesanya claimed that the woman in question had apparently threatened him with legal action.
“…I wish I let you drift away into a miserable existence, because misery loves company and you love being a victim,” the message read. “Anywh-re, sign the tenancy agreement ASAP. Also I really hope you lawyer up and come for my assets like you said, I hope you try affect my businesses such as Puma with your weak b-tch threats…”
“…You have never helped me make money, only ever cost me money,” he continued, along with other assorted details of their breakup. “Now you think you deserve half my shit? What an entitled pompous BRAT you are. I spit on you. I dare you to start your stupid campaign…”
“…This will be the last time you are hearing from me. My lawyers will be in touch.”
By all appearances for now, it doesn’t look like Israel Adesanya’s actually been taken to court yet. But it definitely appears that whatever the relationship was, it didn’t end on a happy note, and he may be dealing with the aftermath for some time yet.
In the meantime, the big question for the 33-year-old former kickboxing star is, who’s next in the Octagon? Adesanya already has victories over every fighter ranked in the top 5 of his division. He’s been building some heat, however, with new upstart contender Dricus du Plessis—currently holding the no. 6 spot in the rankings. Unfortunately for the South African, if he wants a crack at UFC gold, it looks like he’ll have to go through former champion Robert Whittaker to get it.
Whittaker and du Plessis are set to face off at UFC 290, on July 8th in Las Vegas, NV. That fight card is set to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and interim champ Yair Rodriguez. A flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja has been scheduled for the co-main event.
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