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Israel Adesanya arrested at JFK following UFC 281 loss

Israel Adesanya facing charge of criminal possession of a weapon

The now-former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, days after his title loss, was arrested on Nov. 16 at John F. Kennedy airport in Queens, New York.

Per a report from TMZ, Adesanya faces a charge of criminal possession of a weapon after going through security with metal knuckles.

Tim Simpson released a statement to Ariel Helwani, explaining what happened.

“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.”

Israel Adesanya arrested in airport days after losing middleweight title at UFC 281

Brass knuckles are illegal in New York — whether they are carried on your person or in a bag.

The arrest was made at around 2 p.m. ET near the airport’s TSA screening area for American Airlines.

Adesanya recently competed in the main event of UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, where he was knocked out by challenger Alex Pereira in the final round of his middleweight title fight.

This is a developing story.

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