BREAKING: Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya knocks out Pereira to reclaim UFC middleweight title (Video)

Nigeria’s Isreal Adesanya has reclaimed his UFC middleweight title from Brazilian opponent Alex Pereira via Technical Knockout.

It took only two rounds for Israel Adesanya to end Alex Pereira’s dominance and reclaim the middleweight title he lost last November.

In their first fight, Adesanya was defeated on points by Pereira. Adesanya was leading their rematch in kickboxing when he was knocked out again. In their first MMA match in November 2022, Adesanya was once again on top, but he was defeated in the final round.

On Sunday, Adesanya, also known as The Last Stylebender, defeated Pereira in his fourth attempt, and in shocking fashion, with a knockout at 4:21 of Round 2.


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The opening round was a nail-biter. Pereira planned to use the same strategy he used in their first fight, throwing a variety of kicks and attacking Adesanya’s calf, while the Kiwi-Nigerian had some success with his counters, particularly his body kicks.

In the second round, Pereira showed more aggression, pressing forward with a couple of blitzes that Adesanya was equal to, responding with some crisp counter shots. Adesanya eventually prevailed with superior firepower, leading to his victory.

Watch video below;

“They say he is the most improved fighter. Not so. He is still the same Isreal Adesanya” — Alex Pereira

Alex drank his own cool aid.

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— naijaPatriot (@jollynony) April 9, 2023

Our fellow Yoruba Rascal making us proud. Despite living abroad almost all his life, he is still in touch and very proud of his country and heritage. I’ll vote for him 100times before considering Gbarebo tho.

Congratulations Isreal Adesanya 👏

Proudly Nigerian🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/M57CsBUwRH

— Oluwayemisi L. Ajayi (@Yemi__Ajayi) April 9, 2023

Isreal Adesanya and Alex Perriera showing Respect to each other after the fight 👏🏽👏🏽. One Hell of of Battle between both of them. Legends. #UFC287 pic.twitter.com/GGVYIg1uMH

— Buchi Laba (@Buchi_Laba) April 9, 2023

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