Israel Adesanya is now set to face a person who has misplaced twice in kickboxing, however the UFC middleweight champion is wanting ahead to their third pairing contained in the octagon.
Alex Pereira is simply three fights into his UFC profession, with a complete of seven skilled MMA bouts. Whereas the debut of Andreas Michailidis and his spectacular knockout of Sean Strickland at UFC 276 had been spectacular, every other fighter has extra work to do earlier than getting a title shot. Nonetheless, when somebody will get two wins over the present champion and the division is basically cleaned up, issues can go shortly.
Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) has a call and knockout loss in opposition to Pereira (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in kickboxing. It is a massive purpose why many are excited to see Perera enter the UFC.
After simply three undefeated UFC appearances by Pereira, the third assembly will happen on November 12 below the intense lights of the storied Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
However why did Adesanya select to face him now?
“I’ve at all times picked the man that no one desires to struggle,” Adesanya mentioned throughout an interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “The individual from whom everybody runs, I run in direction of. So sure, I run into fireplace, and that is no totally different.
“After he beat me in Brazil, I by no means tried to take revenge or something like that as a result of I do not maintain on to issues, I let issues go. However once more, I am telling you, the universe laid it out for me and it is there. Excellent alley-oop, and I am gonna slam this b*tch.”
Adesanya has crushed everybody within the high 5 of the USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie middleweight rankings, making No. 6 Perera the following man in line for his shot.
With 5 title defenses in his again pocket (six, should you ask him), Adesanya will face a extremely expert striker who is able to trade on the toes. It is a key ingredient lacking from latest opponents, which he believes will spark pleasure amongst followers. Adesanya will enter UFC 276 off the again of a unanimous resolution win over Jared Cannonier, a struggle that was fueled by an absence of motion.
“I am actually excited to lastly have any person that after the primary spherical or the second spherical, they understand they can not and simply need to be defensive,” Adesanya mentioned. “I am excited to have somebody to assault me. Who’s going to attempt to end me off? He has beforehand carried out so in kickboxing.
“So for me it is like, is he going to be out or am I going to be out? That is why you need to tune in and discover out.”