Conor McGregor sends Israel Adesanya advice in Instagram message ahead of UFC 243

Israel Adesanya has received a good luck message from Conor McGregor ahead of his showdown with Robert Whittaker.

Nigerian-born New Zealander Adesanya will challenge Whittaker for the undisputed middleweight title in the main event of UFC 243, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The interim 185lb champion’s clash with his undisputed counterpart is one of the biggest fights of the year so far.

The eyes of the entire mixed martial arts world will be firmly fixed on Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, which is expected to set a new UFC gate record.

McGregor will likely be one of those staying up until the small hours of the morning to watch his Paradigm Sports colleague attempt to claim the middleweight throne.

And ‘The Notorious’ has wished the 30-year-old well ahead of his second title fight of 2019.

“Wow!” McGregor wrote on Instagram alongside a video of the Adesanya’s final face-off with Whittaker. “What an atmosphere down in Australia for this weekend’s fight!

“I am so excited for this event tomorrow, I would love to be there!

Straight down the pipe and he goes down.

Conor McGregor’s Instagram message to Israel Adesanya

“I can’t wait to visit Australia one day. Best of luck to UFC champion and @paradigmsm fighter, Israel the @Stylebender Adesanya, fighting for the UFC’s coveted Middleweight title tomorrow night!”

McGregor’s message also appeared to include some advice for ‘The Last Stylebender’.

He continued: “This is your time my brother! Straight down the pipe and he goes down.

“My Aussie brother @tim_simpson2 doing great work down there also.

“I cannot wait to watch the event! Good luck Israel! Good luck men!”

McGregor, 31, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon in a year, with his last outing taking place at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

The Irishman, of course, suffered a fourth-round submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov – his successor at the summit of the lightweight division – in his last venture into the cage.

The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion has hinted on multiple occasions that his return is right around the corner, though UFC president Dana White expects the Dubliner to fight ‘early next year’.

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