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Nolan King

Israel Adesanya metal knuckles case to be dismissed pending further compliance

Israel Adesanya won’t face further legal action for his November arrest – as long as he stays out of trouble.

Tuesday, the Queens District Attorney’s Office (N.Y.) handed Adesanya an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) at a hearing related to his November arrest at JFK Airport.

An ACD indicates the case will be dismissed at a future hearing as long as certain conditions are met. In this case, it’s good behavior for six months.

TMZ Sports first reported the development.

Adesanya, 33, was arrested Nov. 17 after he allegedly tried to bring metal knuckles through TSA airport security. Adesanya was allowed to return home to New Zealand. Adesanya was given a disk ticket as a result of the alleged incident, which occurred just days after he lost his middleweight title to Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya has yet to comment on the matter though his manager Tim Simpson, of Paradigm Sports, issued a written statement at the time to media outlets including MMA Junkie.

“Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage,” Simpson said. “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’s on his way home.”

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