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UFC: UFC 281: What are Alex Pereira’s chances to beat Israel Adesanya?

For many years now, Isreal Adesanya has dominated the UFC Middleweight division with a total of five title defenses since he defeated Kelvin Gastelum back in 2019. Ever since that happened, he defeated Robert Whittaker twice, Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori, and Jared Cannonier. None of these middleweights has been able to get the best out of Adesanya, who seemed to have no rival until UFC 276. That’s the day in which everything took a wild turn because the one man who has knocked him out made his statement during the same evening he defended his belt against Cannonier.

That man is Alex Pereira, the Brazilian middleweight recently committed to the UFC full time and has a 6-1 record right now. During his fight against Sean Strickland on the same evening, his impressive punching power made Izzy remember that time he got put to sleep during a kickboxing official fight. As it turns out, these two have a long history in that other sport and there is bad blood between them. Adesanya has struggled with the ghosts of this knockout throughout his entire UFC career. Every time someone said he was the best middleweight, there was always someone who mentioned Pereira‘s name.

Adesanya and Pereira have fought twice already

Unfortunately for Isreal Adesanya, he’s already lost twice against Alex Pereira. The first loss in a kickboxing match happened in April 2016, a fight he lost by unanimous decision but Izzy still disputes to this day. However, the second fight left nothing to speculation. Pereira koncked the lights out of Adesanya with a powerful one-two that sent him right to the mat. Even though Izzy still says he hurt Pereira during that fight, video evidence suggests that wasn’t really the case. Later on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Adesanya will finally get his chance to silence critics.

But Alex Pereira looks scare as hell, he truly seems like an opponent Isreal Adesanya could finally lose his middleweight reign to. It’s going to be the main course of an already exciting evening that also has a major Lightweight battle between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. But Izzy defending his title against the only man he hasn’t defeated yet is definitely the most exciting part of UFC 281. Who do you think will take the belt? Will Bruce Buffer say ‘and still!’ or ‘and new!’ ?Tune in later to find out for yourself.

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