Just a couple of days after telling his YouTube subscribers he's never fighting in Aotearoa again - frustrated with MIQ restrictions - UFC star Israel Adesanya has revealed plans to move overseas.
The 32-year-old - currently the UFC's middleweight champion - has long been based at Auckland's City Kickboxing gym, but revealed on social media that a move stateside to continue his career was locked in, with fellow Kiwi fighters like Dan Hooker expected to follow.
'Cats out the bag… I’m moving to America', Adesanya wrote.
'When faced with obstacles, we adapt and overcome. I’m 32 and applying pressure like J Cole before I’m out the game. We built this legacy at @citykickboxing ourselves and the support of the people. No govt handouts or backing and became the number one winning gym on earth!
'Four walls and a roof don’t make a martial arts gym. The people who toil day in and day out make it what it is. So wherever those four walls and a roof is located, it’ll still be City Kickboxing!!'
Adesanya's professional record sits at 21 wins and one defeat.