Kiwi UFC star Israel Adesanya has been discharged without conviction after he was caught drink driving in August last year.

But he has been disqualified from driving for six months, ordered to pay $1500 toward an accredited drunk driving charity and must undertake a drink driving programme here in New Zealand.

Court documents show Adesanya was charged with driving a car on Wellesley Street, in central Auckland, with 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit is 50 milligrams.

Adesanya’s lawyer, Karl Trotter, spelt out that a conviction could put his career in jeopardy, from contracts to endorsements, to travel to countries like Canada, where UFC bouts take place.

He pleaded guilty to the drink driving charge when he first appeared in court in September.

At the time, Adesanya released a statement, acknowledging he made a mistake.

“I want to apologise to the community, my family and my team for the decision I made to get behind the wheel after drinking at dinner. I was pulled over and gave an evidentiary blood test,” the statement said.

“I am disappointed with my decision to drive. It was wrong.”

The incident happened just weeks before Adesanya’s most recent middleweight title fight, at UFC 293, when he lost to US fighter Sean Strickland.

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