Israel Adesanya has finally earned his revenge against Alex Pereira in style, knocking out the Brazilian in a UFC 287 title fight in the second round. It was Adesanya’s fifth fight against Pereira, having lost three of the previous contests. In the build-up to the fight, Adesanya had to battle the demons of his previous losses, but he ultimately emerged victorious.
The win was arguably the most significant of his career as he became a two-time UFC middleweight champion. Adesanya credited Pereira with making him a better fighter and a better person, saying that the loss he suffered to him had everything.
Their familiarity with each other’s styles was evident early on, with both fighters looking to use leg kicks to establish their dominance. However, Adesanya eventually found his rhythm with a series of body shots, while Pereira focused on hammering him with calf kicks.
As the second round got underway, Pereira unloaded several hard shots, which briefly backed up Adesanya. However, the New Zealander was able to defend and fire back with his own punches.
Adesanya remained composed throughout the fight, never showing any fear when Pereira decided to get aggressive. He was just waiting for the best possible moment to unleash his best strikes, and that moment came when Pereira landed a leg kick that wobbled him momentarily.
Adesanya immediately went for the kill, coming back over the top with a right hand that rattled Pereira. The Brazilian fell to the canvas, and Adesanya threw one more punch for good measure. Referee Dan Miragliotta jumped in to save Pereira from any further harm, and Adesanya was declared the winner.
The victory cements Adesanya’s status as one of the greatest middleweights of all time. For years, Pereira had been a thorn in his side, but he was finally able to secure a win over him. It is possible that the two fighters will meet again in the future, but for now, Adesanya should enjoy his moment. He has definitely earned it.