UFC flyweight contender Manel Kape started an altercation during UFC 293 press conference. He threw a water bottle at Kai Kara-France and traded insults with Israel Adesanya.
The UFC will return to Australia this weekend with UFC 293. The event will be held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on September 10. As expected, the press conference went pretty wild with several altercations between the athletes.
One of the athletes involved was Manel Kape. The flyweight contender was supposed to face New Zealand star Kai Kara-France. However, Kara-France pulled out due to suffering a concussion in camp and was replaced by Felipe dos Santos.
Despite no longer being booked against each other, the two still hold grudges, especially Kape. During a recent press conference, the 29-year-old trash talked Kara-France and expressed how disappointed he is because Kara-France withdrew from the match. Turned out, Kara-France was present in the crowd. Kape then threw a water bottle at him.
“Unfortunately, Kai Kara-France is a b*tch. A f*cking b*tch. He’s in front of me and you’re f*cking guilty because Sunday, this is going to be a murder because of you, you f*cking p*ssy. Afraid – you had three weeks to fight me. You little f*cking p*ssy. Look at you, you have the courage to come here. Yes! Stand up motherf*cker! Stand the f*ck up motherf*cker.” Kape said.
During the altercation, Israel Adesanya intervened and stood up for Kara-France. The two are teammates who train at City Kickboxing gym. ‘The Last Stylebender’ began trash talking Kape, but the Portuguese athlete did not back down and insulted Adesanya as well.
“What do you want?“Sit the f*ck down. Shut your mouth. Your f*cking porn cartoon addiction.” Kape said to Adesanya.
At this point, the press conference already went pretty chaotic. UFC heavyweight Tai Tuivasa who sat in the middle of Adesanya and Kape tried to calm things down, but it didn’t work. On the other hand, Sean Strickland chimed in and made the situation even worse.
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