Israel Adesanya put on a show-stopping performance at a UFC event on Saturday, claiming a stunning knockout victory over Alex Pereira in the third round of their highly anticipated rematch.
Adesanya, who is the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Pereira, a former Glory Kickboxing champion, had previously faced each other in a kickboxing match, with Pereira emerging victorious. However, Adesanya got his revenge in the MMA octagon, showcasing his striking skills and securing the knockout win.
The fight was closely contested in the early rounds, with both fighters exchanging strikes and jockeying for position. However, Adesanya began to find his range and landed a powerful left hook to the chin of Pereira in the third round, sending him crashing to the canvas.
The victory was a sweet one for Adesanya, who had suffered his first MMA loss to Pereira in 2017. Adesanya dedicated the win to his fans and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to fight such a skilled opponent.
“I told you guys I was going to get my revenge,” Adesanya said in his post-fight interview. “I respect Alex, he’s a great fighter, but tonight was my night.”
The win further cements Adesanya’s status as one of the best fighters in the world, and it sets up some potentially exciting matchups in the future. Adesanya has already expressed interest in moving up in weight to challenge for the UFC light heavyweight title, and a rematch with former opponent Robert Whittaker could also be on the horizon.
Overall, the fight between Adesanya and Pereira was one for the history books, and it will undoubtedly be talked about for years to come. Adesanya’s knockout victory was a testament to his skill and determination, and it further solidified his place as one of the top fighters in the sport of MMA.