Interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya swaps jerseys with NBA star Paul Pierce ahead of UFC 243

UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya caught up with NBA legend Paul Pierce for a photo opportunity. The pair met outside Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia today, October 1. The venue will host a highly anticipated UFC 243 middleweight championship unification bout between the reigning champion Robert Whittaker and Adesanya this Sunday, October 6.

Adesanya presented Pierce with a t-shirt featuring his “Style Bender” namesake, signing it for Piece for good measure. Former Boston Celtic, Pierce, gifted Adesanya with a signed Celtics jersey bearing his number 34.

The two athletes chatted about Adesanya’s roots in combat sports, Adesanya explaining that he started out in Muay Thai. As for action, Pierce spun a basketball on his finger, saying whilst laughing “I don’t even know how to do this”. Adesanya matched this with some shadow boxing.

A number of UFC 243 open to the public events have been scheduled for this week. The Open Workouts will be held at Federation Square on Thursday evening. A Fan Experience and the official weigh-in ceremony follows.

The schedule and further details can be found here.

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