Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be clear of a weapons charge he picked up leaving New York if he stays out of trouble for six months.
Adesanya was given an adjournment to contemplation or dismissal (ACD). This means that his case will be dropped in six months if he is not arrested in Queens County again. A spokesperson from the Queens County district attorney’s office confirmed this to MMA Fighting. TMZ was first to report Adesanya’s likely dismissal.
Adesanya was ordered to return to court after being detained at JFK Airport in Queens. His manager said that he was given the brass knuckles by a friend.
Fourth-degree criminal possession with a weapon was the charge against Adesanya. If convicted, he could spend up to one year in prison or three years on probation.
The manager, Tim Simpson, said the charge had been dismissed after Adesanya was allowed to board a plane back to his native New Zealand. The ex-champ who gave up his title to Alex Pereira at UFC 281, on Nov. , had to leap through another hoops.
Adesanya was represented in court on Tuesday by David Fish, general counsel and athlete manager for his reps at Paradigm Sports Management. Fish did not immediately respond to request for comment.
An immediate rematch between Adesanya and Pereira, who’s won two previous kickboxing bouts against “The Last Stylebender” in addition to his recent MMA win, is possible for the immediate future, UFC President Dana White said after UFC 281. Adesanya had a scorecard in hand before Pereira stopped him with five rounds of flurry punches.