As the UFC becomes more mainstream, it’s no surprise that the promotion’s biggest stars like Israel Adesanya are attracting interest from the entertainment industry.
During the UFC 281 media day, Israel Adesanya was asked when he might venture into the film industry. He mentioned that he has turned down offers and recently turned down an offer that would have required him to film close to fight week:
“So I mean I wanted to shoot for Creed III maybe two weeks ago, but I turned it down. It’s like the fourth one I’ve turned down, because again, this (fighting) is what I’m doing right now. I’m good at this. I’m learning a lot from this.”
It’s not known what role the UFC middleweight champion would have played in Creed III, but it shows that he’s being considered for major franchises and not the usual low-budget direct-to-DVD project.
Creed III stars Michael B. Jordan, who plays the role of Adonis Creed. The franchise is a spin-off of the Rocky franchise and has been very successful at the box office. The first two films generated $173.6 million and $214.1 million worldwide, respectively.
“Izzy” added that even though he’s turning down projects now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have plans to pursue entertainment projects in the future:
“Yes, Hollywood is there. It’s always going to be there. Voiceover work is right there. I have a lot of anime ideas I’m going to put out there as well with my own production company. So all that s**** for later. Right now, I’m one of the worst moms in this b****, so I’m going to keep at it.”
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Will Israel Adesanya avenge the losses to Alex Pereira?
Israel Adesanya is in a unique spot as he defends his middleweight championship in the main event of UFC 281 against a former kickboxing foe.
The storyline between Adesanya and Alex Pereira has made this upcoming fight very exciting as the challenger has two wins against the reigning champion.
It will be interesting to see if ‘Izzy’ will catch ‘Poatan’ off guard and show off his wrestling and grappling. Despite the fact that both fighters are elite strikers, it is, after all, an MMA fight. Adesanya could see it as an advantage for him because of his octagon experience.