Israel Adesanya Finally he has a chance to avenge one of his most brutal defeats.
UFC Middleweight Champion announced Friday night That his long-awaited defense against him Alex Pereira Officially on November 12 at UFC 280. It is a continuation of the class that started in April 2016, when Pereira outplayed Adesanya in a kickboxing ring. The Brazilian went on to hit Adesanya furiously in a kickboxing pair’s rematch in March 2017, and now Pereira has chased “The Last Stylebender” into MMA, as Adesanya is widely regarded One of the best fighters in this sport.
But Adesanya is determined to show why UFC 280 is different from their two previous meetings.
“[The first two fights] Part of history, part of his story, because the judges gave him a nod in the first, and the next, he took me out in the third round. This is part of his story. Adesanya said Friday night, but now is the time for my story Sports Center.
“Mine, [the difference between then and now] are the gloves. When I said something about pillowcase gloves, you can’t hide behind them [big gloves]You can’t guard the same way in boxing [as you can] in MMA. You have to be able to use your brain, and take the shot. Also my amazing style is very different in MMA from kickboxing. That’s why I’m so successful as a “kickboxer” in MMA, because I don’t hit like them.
“This is mixed martial arts, so I can elbow, I can use my knee, I can get in the ring and stay in the ring. There’s so much different about this game, and people can just look past, the end, and hold on to that. You’ll need it.”
It’s another quick turnaround for Adesanya, who just made his fifth defense of the UFC middleweight title by winning the dominant decision. Jared Cannoner in july in UFC 276. “The Last Stylebender” has been an unbeatable force in the 185-pound division since signing with the UFC in 2018, racking up 12 consecutive wins in the weight class.
However, he drew some criticism in the recent battles of Provided bouts of lack of excitementThis criticism peaked in the days following the Cannonier match. But Adesanya has also delivered some of the division’s most memorable moments of the past decade whenever he’s been given an aggressive opponent, and he’s eager for Pereira to deliver exactly the kind of offensive look that his newer opponents have failed to provide.
“Have I ever walked away from a fight?” Adesanya said. “I’ve always chosen the man no one wants to fight. The man everyone else runs away from, I run towards him. So I run toward the fire, and this is no different. And again, after he beat me in Brazil, I had no plans to try to take revenge or anything like that.” Like, because I don’t catch things, I let things go. But again, I tell you, the universe gave me this and it’s there, it’s the perfect alley, and I’m going to hit this with a ****.
“I’m really excited to have someone who – finally – realizes after the first round or the second that they can’t do that and just wants to be defensive, I’m excited to have someone attack me who is really going to try to take me down.” “And that’s the story of this fight, because he’s done it before in the past in kickboxing, so to me it’s like, ‘Are he going to get fired or am I going out?
“This man will not be shy of guns. He will come to me from bell to bell, and I will do the same. And every time someone comes to a fight, I raise the bar.”
With a successful performance at UFC 280, Adesanya will go on to extend what is already the second longest winning streak in the history of the UFC middleweight division.
And ahead of what could be one of the biggest fights of 2022, Adesanya has already taken some advice from the UFC Hall of Famer who knows a thing or two about long winning streaks.
“Funny enough, I was hanging out with my fellow goats and avatars George St. Pierre In Toronto a few days ago actually, and we talked extensively about legacy, combat, life and a lot of different things,” Adesanya said.
“And from that conversation that I had with him, I actually made a compromise. I really went up a lot, so I’m really, really, really looking forward to this fight.”