Ask most fighters and they will tell you that social media can often be a cesspit of criticism but UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya clearly isn’t in the humour for taking any guff from fans following his UFC 276 win against Jared Cannonier, even if that’s coming from one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Adesanya eased to another defence of his 185-pounds crown inside the T-Mobile Arena last weekend but faced accusations afterwards from some that his performance was lacklustre, and lacked the type of killer instinct which had been evident in previous battles.
Chris Pratt, star of the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, summed it up thusly: “I’m going to say this as humbly as I can — I’ve never stepped into the octagon. I don’t know this game. I’m just an actor, but I’m not a fan, man. I’m not a fan of coming out like, all that talk, and then just kind of putting on a little bit of a pitter-pat [showing]. I’m like, c’mon, man. You’ve got to cash on that promise of being so badass.”
You’re right. I’m sorry brutha. It bugs me when people criticize my work- having never themselves risked anything. It makes me a hypocrite to do exactly that to you. My bad. Keep on keeping on champ. 🙏🏻♥️
— Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 6, 2022
Tweeting afterwards, Adesanya posted a clip from one of Pratt’s movies showing him getting smacked in the face by Scottish actor James McAboy, along with the words, “Good morning. I’m the man. You’re just some fan.”
Pratt appeared to immediately regret his comments, telling Adesanya: “You’re right. I’m sorry brutha. It bugs me when people criticize my work- having never themselves risked anything. It makes me a hypocrite to do exactly that to you. My bad. Keep on keeping on champ.”
Adesanya has yet to address Pratt’s apology but it is probably safe to say that we won’t see Adesanya performing any Star-Lord themed walks to the cage anytime soon.