Former two-division Glory kickboxing champion Alex Pereira strongly disagrees with Israel Adesanya’s opinion of their pair of kickboxing matches. ‘Poatan’ beat ‘The Last Stylebender’ by unanimous decision in 2016. He also beat Adesanya by third-round knockout in their rematch in 2017.
Adesanya and his trainers, including world renowned CKB (City Kickboxing) head coach Eugene Bareman, have always maintained that the Nigerian-born Kiwi should have been awarded the decision in the first fight. They also claimed that Adesanya is dominating the rematch.
Nonetheless, they admitted that Adesanya’s reckless pursuit of the knockout in the rematch allowed Pereira to counter and knock him out. Moreover, Adesanya believes he had a ‘night off’ against Pereira but has ‘matured from this fight’ and knows he will beat ‘Poatan’.
In the latest edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Alex Pereira responded to Israel Adesanya’s point of view by citing his (Pereira’s) teammate Glover Teixeira’s UFC light heavyweight title fight.
He recalled that Teixeira beat opponent Jiri Prochazka on the scorecards before shockingly submitting and losing in the fifth and final round at UFC 275 last month. Drawing parallels between that fight and his rematch with Adesanya, Pereira said:
“Well, he’s lying to himself a bit, so he can increase his motivation. You look at the fight. Yeah, he had his good times and his bad times. But we fought by the rules of kickboxing, I knocked him out.
“So it’s the same as Glover, for example. He was winning his last fight, right? Or every turn, in my opinion. But he lost the fight. Now he’s going to have an opportunity to prove he’s better than the other guy. I hit him [Adesanya] outside, right? I won this fight. So now he’s going to have a third chance to try and prove he’s better than me.
Watch Pereira discuss the topic at 2:15 p.m. in the video below:
Israel Adesanya explains how his trilogy fight with Alex Pereira will unfold
The consensus is that UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will likely defend his belt against Alex Pereira next. The potential match will mark the first time they will face each other in an MMA bout, having previously fought solely in kickboxing.
Israel Adesanya recently posted a video on his “FREESTYLEBENDER” YouTube channel, revealing how he views their trilogy fight. Suggesting he will get a stoppage win over Pereira and bask in the glory of his success, Adesanya said:
“I don’t think you understand how many times I’ve visualized this, and I know exactly what I’m going to do too. Even if the ref tries to take me off, I’m going to tell him to let me have my moment. “
Watch Adesanya’s video below: