The New Zealander will face Brazilian arch nemesis Alex Pereira at Madison Sq. Backyard
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya may have the prospect to avenge two of his most painful defeats in fight sports activities on November 12 at Madison Sq. Backyard.
As introduced by the elite MMA promotion on Friday night, the New Zealander is about to tackle bitter Brazilian rival Alex Pereira within the headline bout at UFC 281 in New York.
With Pereira boasting two wins over Adesanya from their kickboxing days, the final of which, in 2017, was delivered by a brutal knockout, ‘The Final Stylebender’ has the prospect to precise revenge on ‘Stone Hand’ for as soon as and for all which isn’t misplaced on him.
Posting on Twitter not lengthy after the UFC’s announcement, Adesanya shared an image of the pair and wrote: “Vengeance is mine says the lord.”
“Brooooo, I stated the identical factor too!! This ends right here. Kill or be killed,” he added.
Assembly Pereira sees the UFC and its president Dana White honor Adesanya’s needs, which had been made public after his newest struggle in opposition to Jared Cannonier.
After cruising to a unanimous determination win over the American at UFC 276, Adesanya known as out Pereira and threatened to have him “frozen like Elsa” in reference to the favored Disney movie – a comment which discovered him ridiculed by one other arch nemesis in former light-heavyweight ruler Jon Jones.
Pereira had impressed earlier on the cardboard by flattening Sean Strickland with a brutal first spherical KO, and joined the throngs of disgruntled struggle followers together with Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt that had been unmoved by Adesanya’s action-shy victory over Cannonier.
Pereira stated that it “actually” upset him “to see the best way he [Adesanya] fought tonight”.
“A efficiency like that could be a disrespect to the gang,” Pereira went on by way of a translator.
“I noticed hundreds and hundreds of individuals right here, I couldn’t even rely what number of, and it’s unhappy to see folks booing like that in a title struggle.
“Folks had been leaving in spherical 4 just like the struggle was over. It actually upsets me,” Pereira concluded.
Ending his kickboxing profession with a decent 75-5 file, Adesanya is 23-1 in MMA and undefeated within the middleweight division.
Since turning into champion in 2019 by stopping Rob Whittaker at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Adesanya has put collectively 5 defenses of the 185lbs strap and is on a three-match win streak since shedding an try and turn out to be a two-division king once more then-light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in March final 12 months.
As for Pereira, who is 2 years Adesanya’s senior at 35, he solely made his UFC debut at UFC 268 at Madison Sq. Backyard in November 2021 and can struggle for the title there a 12 months and 6 days later.
Dropping his MMA debut, he has since embarked on a blistering six-win run to enhance to 6-1, with 5 of these victories finishes.
Within the UFC, Pereira is 3-0 and already has two Efficiency of the Evening bonuses to his identify.
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