UFC champion Israel Adesanya convinced he's immune to coronavirus

Israel Adesanya believes he is unlikely to contract coronavirus as the virus continues to wreak havoc on sporting events across the world.

The UFC champion defends his middleweight belt against Yoel Romero this weekend in Las Vegas, with strawweight queen Weili Zhang also on the card as the co-main event.

Zhang is China’s first UFC champion and her camp was thrown into chaos as the virus began to spread through her home country.

Adesanya was asked about how coronavirus might be playing on his mind as he prepares to take on Romero.

He said: ‘How many people died from the coronavirus so far? How many people have had the common cold?

‘There’s this hype about corona, and I had my face mask on at the airport, but at the end of the day, I’ve had malaria eight times.

‘My genetics is different, and I’m not above nature, don’t get me wrong. I don’t subject to that. I don’t see myself getting affected by that.’

While Adesanya does not seem concerned about the spread of the virus, Zhang is still furious about comments her opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk made on Instagram in January when she poked fun at the outbreak of coronavirus.

Zhang took numerous precautions to ensure she would be fit to fight at UFC 248 and left China to finish her training camp elsewhere when coronavirus began to spread.

Adesanya has had to play down concerns about his own fight when images emerged of him sporting what some fans thought might be staph on his forearm.

‘You guys thought I had staph this week,’ Adesanya continued. ‘I’ve never had staph in my life. Knock on wood, I never will.

‘It was nothing. There’s no fluid. I don’t know what staph feels like. Some people have had it, where I’m from.

‘But I’ve never had it, and I never will, knock on wood. And malaria is the biggest killer in the world, isn’t it?

‘So, this whole corona shit – f***ing knock on wood, I hope I don’t get it now talking s*** about corona.’

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