Categories: Sports

UFC 276: Adesanya Calls Out Pereira After Retaining UFC Title


Israel Adesanya has called out Alex Pereira for his next title defence after retaining his middleweight championship by beating Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Adesanya’s superiority in striking was evident in the octagon as Cannonier could not land any telling blow, with ‘The Last Stylebender’ keeping him at bay while picking him apart with jabs and kicks to the body and legs.

Overall, Adesanya out struck his American opponent 163-141, including 116-90 in significant strikes.

At the end of 5 rounds, the judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 for the Lagos-born fighter for his 6th straight successful title defence.

READ ALSO: UFC 275: Adesanya Defeats Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title

The 32-year-old has prior wins over Robert Whittaker (twice), Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

After the fight, Adesanya called out former kick-boxing rival Alex Pereira after the Brazilian knocked out Sean Strickland on the undercard of UFC 276.

“The first time was an error on my part spamming the right hand but that was in kickboxing. … next time I punch you, you will be on skates and you’re gonna be frozen like Elsa.

“I will leave it at that,” the middleweight champion asserted.

Adesanya, however, gave credit to the Brazilian for his knockout win over Strickland but insisted he is the better all-round fighter and will show him what mixed martial arts is all about.

Pereira has two wins over Adesanya in their kickboxing days, including one by knockout.

Meanwhile, with his latest win, the Last Stylebender remains unbeaten at 185 pounds in the UFC with a 12-0 record in the middleweight division.

He is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in one weight class, joining welterweight champion and fellow Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Soonest Nathaniel

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Soonest Nathaniel
Tags: Adesanya Alex Pereira Israel Adesanya Jared Cannonier UFC

Recent Posts

  • Headlines
  • Sports

Adesanya Knocks Pereira Out, Reclaims UFC Middleweight Title

The Nigerian-New Zealander has described his victory over the Brazilian as a sweet revenge.

2 mins ago
  • Headlines

SERAP, CJID Sue Buhari, Others Over N5m Fine On Channels TV

The NBC had recently fined Channels Television N5 million over an interview with Datti Baba-Ahmed.

21 mins ago
  • Headlines

Former ICJ Judge Bola Ajibola Dies At 89

Ajibola, who was also a former Attorney-General of Nigeria, died at 89.

40 mins ago
  • Top story

Christians Celebrate Easter Amid Calls For Unity, Love

Millions of Nigerians throng churches today for special services, prayers and thanksgiving to mark Easter.

5 hours ago
  • Sports

Chukwueze Scores Brace As Villarreal Stun Real Madrid

The champions remain 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.

12 hours ago
  • Headlines

Baba-Ahmed Will Debate With Your Preferred Candidates Not You, LP Replies Soyinka

He was reacting to a one-on-one debate challenge extended to him by Soyinka over the opinion he expressed in recent…

13 hours ago