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Check out the third episode of Embedded for UFC 243.
UFC 243 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the third episode for this weekend’s big stadium show in Melbourne, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.
Israel Adesanya meets former NBA player Paul Pierce. Pierce says he respects Izzy and all fighters. Adesanya gives him a personalized t-shirt in front of the media, and Pierce gives him a Celtics jersey. Pierce says Adesanya will win by KO.
Tai Tuivasa makes his first appearance, saying he’s ready for the fight and to clean up his mistakes from the last one. He’s a lot more serious than normal. Adesanya, Dan Hooker, and another teammate are all on the card and they talk about doing camp together as a team. Adesanya talks about his fast rise and the critics.
Back at the hotel, Al Iaquinta greets Henry Cejudo and Yancy Medeiros, then signs some poster. He says he’s going to Maui after the fight. Dhiego Lima is very impressed that the UFC is handling his nutrition this time around. It’s much less stress on him.
Adesanya is given a big ring. It fits, and he’s able to get it off. Cejudo jokes around with other fighters signing posters, including Robert Whittaker. Bobby Knuckles talks about the fight. He’s happy that the UFC is mainstream now, and “we’re here to stay”.
And that’s it! UFC 243 goes down in Melbourne on Saturday.