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Alex Pereira Recounts Watching ‘Arrogant’ Israel Adesanya Cry Following 2017 Rematch KO Loss

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Ross Markey

Decorated former GLORY Kickboxing champion, Alex ‘Po’Atan’ Pereira has recounted his fierce rivalry with reigning UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya claiming that the Nigerian-Kiwi was distraught following their 2017 kickboxing rematch. And how he watched him cry following the event where he secured a rallying knockout victory.

Pereira, who made his long-awaited UFC bow back in November, stopped Andreas Michailidis with a stunning, highlight-reel second round flying-knee knockout at Madison Square Garden in the featured preliminary bout of UFC 268. The victory improved Pereira to 4-1 professionally, and earned him a Performance of the Night bonus to boot.

Upon his landing in the Octagon, Pereira was immediately linked with a mixed martial arts trilogy bout with Adesanya, given the pair’s storied history under the GLORY Kickboxing banner.

Recalling his fierce rivalry with the City Kickboxing mainstay, Pereira, who first scored a dubious unanimous decision win over Adesanya back in 2016, stopped him the following year in his native Brazil with a stunning knockout victory. And speaking on his second success recently, Pereira described Adesanya as “arrogant” and egotistical.

“I don’t know if it is just with his (Israel Adesanya) friends, right? With the people close to him, he’s that arrogant guy, that annoying guy,” Alex Pereira told Portal Vale Tudo during a recent interview. “Because every time I met the guy, it was all arrogance, that ego, he was always like that. Since our first fight in China, he was a guy who pissed me off a lot, from the weigh-in to the fight. Even losing, when there was the rematch here in Brazil, he made a post that I don’t really remember, but it was something like, ‘I’ll have to beat (Alex) Pereira in his backyard and then run out of the favela’. It was something like that, right?”

“I only saw him at the weigh-in and the fight. After the fight I saw him crying outside in Ibirapuera,” Alex Pereira said. “Sitting on a low wall with his trainer – that’s it.” (Transcribed by

Booked for his second Octagon walk at UFC on ESPN+ 61 in March, Pereira draws fellow middleweight knockout artist and fellow Brazil native, Bruno Silva in a guaranteed barnburner.

For Adesanya, the undisputed middleweight champion is slated to headline UFC 271 on February 12. at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas – meeting with former undisputed titleholder, Robert Whittaker in a title rematch.


Published by
Ross Markey

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