The rivalry between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira is one of the most heated in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). The two fighters have a long history that dates back to their days competing in kick boxing.
They first met in 2016, Adesanya showcased his striking prowess, but Pereira managed to land some powerful combinations which caused damage to Adesanya. In the end, Pereira emerged victorious on the scorecards with a unanimous decision victory.
Adesanya and Pereira clashed for the second time in Brazil. Adesanya had the upper hand early on, but in the third round, Pereira landed a powerful strike to Adesanya’s chin, resulting in the first KO of his career. The blow was enough to drop him, securing the victory for Pereira.
In a historic upset, Israel Adesanya’s reign as UFC middleweight champion came to an end when he lost in the fifth round against Pereira. Israel was putting up a good fight, but Pereira’s powerful left hooks and uppercuts were too much for Israel to handle. After taking numerous hits from Pereira, the referee was forced to stop the match as Israel had taken enough punishment.
What Israel Adesanya Can Take Away from His Trilogy Fight Against Alex Pereira
Israel is not one-dimensional. He has shown himself to be an accurate striker with potent power, but he also needs the perfect mix of skills in order for his fight at his full potential; something new was learned from this trilogy fight against Pereira — while they were all consensus winners (Pereira’s ground game left much room for improvement), there’s no doubt that taking care both inside and outside ring proved challenging enough without adding any additional variable into it!
Israel needs to improve his ground game. As of now, it’s nothing more than a punch and kick routine against Pereira who doesn’t have much in terms of grappling skills that can help him win this fight unless he learns/ improvise from the example set by Francis Ngannou against Ciryl Gane.
Mental toughness is an essential attribute for MMA fighters and Israel Adesanya has consistently demonstrated his ability to remain composed in the face of adversity. He will need to put aside any past encounters with Pereira and fight like a champion should they cross paths in the future. With strong mental fortitude, he has the potential to become a successful fighter.
Who Has the Edge in the Fourth Fight: Analysing the Odds
Despite losing his three fights to Brazilian giant Alex Pereira, Israel Adesanya remains the favourite to win their next bout. He has more experience in the UFC than Alex Pereira, and this time around he will be able to make full use of the Octagon.
This time “The Last Stylebender” is determined to reclaim his belt, having learned from the mistakes he made in his last bout against Pereira. He will be more motivated than ever to succeed.