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Adesanya’s stance on a potential third bout with Pereira: “If he clinches the light heavyweight title, ‘I’m game'”

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Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira Trilogy

A third clash between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, is that on the horizon?

A potential rematch between these fierce competitors appears dubious, given Pereira’s forthcoming move into the light heavyweight category to face Jan Blachowicz, while Adesanya anticipates the next contender for his middleweight crown. However, considering their storied rivalry, a reunion in the octagon cannot be ruled out.

The maiden victory for Adesanya in his quartet of matches with Pereira arrived at UFC 287 this past April, finally defeating Pereira following a championship match defeat at UFC 281 and two earlier kickboxing losses to the Brazilian puncher. Even though both seem eager to turn the page, Adesanya might consider a third MMA clash with Pereira, provided Pereira ascends to champion status in his new division.

“Should he secure the 205 belt, I’m game,” Adesanya declared on The MMA Hour. “Otherwise, I believe he’s over it, I’m over it, everyone else might want it, but we’ve moved forward. Such is life.”

Pereira, who previously held two-division championship titles in the Glory Kickboxing league, is not unfamiliar with triumphing in dual weight categories. He is slated to compete against Blachowicz, an ex-UFC light heavyweight champion, in the co-main event of UFC 291 on July 29.

Blachowicz’s successful title defenses include a victory over Adesanya, prompting Adesanya to share some strategic advice with Pereira during their recent airport encounter.

“I reckon [Pereira] might just knock him out. … We had a chat for about two minutes or so and I suggested some tactics for handling Jan,” Adesanya recounted. “We had the same thought that he’s going to knock him out, but I cautioned him, ‘Be wary, he’s aware of your striking prowess so he’ll be patient with you as he was with me.’ What we thought he would do, he didn’t, because he’s an exceptional striker. He had the same plan, but I feel like if Jan doesn’t finish him, [Pereira] will take him down.”

Adesanya’s been non-committal about another bout with Pereira partly because of the immense satisfaction he felt after knocking Pereira out in their second MMA match. With Pereira having won knockout victories over Adesanya in both kickboxing and UFC, Adesanya believes this has tainted his legacy somewhat.

Now, he’s content with whatever comes next concerning Pereira.

“If you asked me if my win at UFC 287 was one of my career’s highlights, absolutely,” Adesanya said. “I’ve made this clear before, if we spar another 10 times and he trumps me all 10 times, it’s irrelevant to me. It’s not about that. I just had to prove to myself that I’m capable of beating this guy because every time we faced off — I won the first match, the judges called it wrong. The second time, I was leading but then he got me. The third time, again at MSG, I was leading, then he got me. It’s clear we can take this guy down, but he just has that fighting spirit. He’s an excellent competitor. He’s an interesting guy, I respect his journey, even in Brazil when he knocked me out, that’s a great anecdote for him. But I just knew I could conquer him.

“It was about pushing myself to the limit. I piled on the pressure in the last training camp … I had to delve into some dark

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira Trilogy

Is Israel Adesanya open to a third fight with Alex Pereira?

Yes, Adesanya is open to a third MMA fight with Alex Pereira if Pereira becomes champion in his new light heavyweight division. However, Adesanya has stated that if this doesn’t occur, both he and Pereira are ready to move on.

Who was the victor in the first match between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira?

The first victory in the series of four fights between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira was won by Adesanya at UFC 287.

What is Alex Pereira’s upcoming fight?

Alex Pereira is set to move to the light heavyweight division for an upcoming fight with Jan Blachowicz. The match is the co-main event of UFC 291 scheduled for July 29.

What advice did Adesanya give Pereira for his fight with Blachowicz?

Adesanya advised Pereira to be careful as Blachowicz is aware of his striking prowess, and hence, might be patient with him. Adesanya shared this advice based on his past experience fighting Blachowicz.

Is there a possibility of a title shot for Pereira if he defeats Blachowicz?

If Pereira wins against Blachowicz, it could potentially fast-track him to a title shot against current champion Jamahal Hill. However, this will also depend on other factors such as the return of former champion Jiri Prochazka from injury.

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MMAFanatic92 July 4, 2023 - 4:14 pm

Adesanya v Pereira trilogy? That’d be wild! Adesanya is one tough dude, so much respect for him!

UFCEnthusiast July 5, 2023 - 6:04 am

Whos betting on Pereira knocking out Blachowicz? I am, he’s got what it takes.

KickBoxKing July 5, 2023 - 9:43 am

pereira has always been a monster in kickboxing, i’d love to see him get that light heavyweight title. it’ll make things interesting…

OctagonOracle July 5, 2023 - 10:48 am

respect to Adesanya for helping out a rival, thats sportsmanship. If Pereira gets that belt we’re in for a treat folks!

FightingFan101 July 5, 2023 - 12:03 pm

Can’t wait to see Pereira in light heavyweight, and a third fight with Adesanya? Yes please!


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