‘You are a role model’ – Israel Adesanya says Mike Tyson helped him accept his position in society

Israeli UFC middleweight champion Adesanya has revealed heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson helped him come to terms with his position in society.

‘The Last Stylebender’ has become one of MMA’s biggest stars but doesn’t see himself as a role model and tried to explain why in a conversation with ‘Iron Mike’, who didn’t.

Mike Tyson recently met UFC champion Israel Adesanya

“You can’t choose it, you don’t have that control,” Tyson told Adesanya on the HotBoxin podcast.

“You don’t have that control over it. You are a model. Your accomplishments and skills have made you a role model automatically.

The UFC superstar went on to admit he tries to look his best to avoid embarrassing fans, but has a problem with the term ‘role model’ as he thinks it suggests he plays the role, rather than being authentic.

“These kids who go to my gym and look up to me, they really like me,” Adesanya said.

“To them I’m a role model and I never want them to put their heads to shame because I end up on something like this [American tabloid website TMZ] looks stupid.

“So I try my best to be just me and I never want to shame them, but at the same time I hate the word, we need a new name for this I think. I think it is just the term because I never want to be wrong.

Tyson has been a role model for most of his life

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Tyson has been a role model for most of his life


The youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history quickly realized Adesanya didn’t think he deserved to be a role model, before assuring the MMA star he was fine .

Tyson said, “What’s your definition of fake? Say something to someone and do something else? You don’t do that. So why do you care about being a model? You don’t do that.

After the podcast, Adesanya admitted that Tyson helped him come to terms with being a role model for UFC and mixed martial arts fans.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “If you give me new information, I can change my mind. So he did it today with a paradigm shift on what he said. to be a role model for these children.

Adesanya has a legion of fans after establishing himself as the top middleweight in MMA

Adesanya has a legion of fans after establishing himself as the top middleweight in MMA

“And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not roleplaying. I’m not pretending. I’m not a role model and I’m not modeling behavior.

“So, yeah, that was my favorite moment even though there were a lot of them because it got me thinking and I love it.”

Adesanya will look to cement his legacy further when he defends his 185-pound title against top contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on July 3 in Las Vegas.

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Rebecca R. Santistevan