Israel Adesanya can have the prospect to re-write some private historical past when he defends his UFC middleweight title towards Brazilian Alex Pereira on November 13 (AEST).
World champion Adesanya introduced on SportsCenter that he’ll battle previous rival Pereira in a title battle at UFC 281 at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard.
The extremely anticipated grudge match pits the 2 previous foes towards one another for the primary time in blended martial arts, after combating twice earlier than in kickboxing.
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Adesanya was visibly shocked by the judges’ determination after his first battle with Pereira, with the Brazilian profitable by unanimous determination.
The pair had their rematch lower than a 12 months later in March 2017, with a left hand knocking the Nigerian-born battle out in the course of the third spherical.
Whereas he hasn’t felt the necessity to chase revenge after dropping each fights, Adesanya vowed to “slam this b****” forward of their assembly on the well-known New York venue later this 12 months.
“The man that everybody runs away from, I run in the direction of. So I run in the direction of the fireplace and that is no totally different.
“After he beat me in Brazil, I by no means had any plans of making an attempt to get revenge or something like that as a result of I don’t maintain onto issues.
“I’m telling you, the universe has introduced this to me and it’s proper there. It’s the right alley-oop and I’m going to slam this b****”.
Adesanya held onto his middleweight crown with a unanimous determination win over American Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 final month.
The victory prolonged the 33-year-old’s unbeaten run to a few fights, after dropping to Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz by unanimous determination within the UFC mild heavyweight title battle final 12 months.
As for his opponent, Pereira is undefeated from three fights thus far within the UFC while he’s undefeated in his final six MMA fights.
The Brazilian is coming off a first-round knockout of the extremely rated Sean Strickland.