Israel Adesanya Eyes Revenge Against Alex Pereira in Championship Rematch
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Israel Adesanya Eyes Revenge Against Alex Pereira in Championship Rematch

  • Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira will battle for the UFC Middleweight title in the main event of UFC 287
  • Pereira beat Adesanya by TKO in the fifth round of their fight at UFC 281, a fight that Adesanya was in control of
  • Nigerian-born Adesanya has started the mind game, releasing a Saw-themed video on social media

Israel Adesanya is looking for revenge.

The Last Stylebender wants to get back at Alex Pereira and wants to get back his UFC Middleweight title.

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Israel Adesanya is laser-focused as he looks forward to a rematch with Alex Pereira for the UFC Middleweight championship. Image: Chris Unger
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Adesanya will get that opportunity at UFC 287 in April, as MMA Fighting reported that Adesanya and Pereira will run it back.

Adesanya is laser-focused

The Nigerian-born fighter is now the hunter and he's zeroed in on his target. The Last Stylebender shared a horror movie-inspired video (from Saw) to his social media accounts, highlighting how ready he is for revenge.

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Pereira has bragging rights

Pereira is the only man to beat Adesanya prior to them competing in the UFC and is the first person to beat him for the title in the organisation. The Brazilian stopped Adesanya in the fifth round of their title fight at UFC 281 in November 2022, DAZN reported.

Adesanya unhappy with the stoppage

The former champion disputed the stoppage at the time, believing that the referee stepped in too quickly, MMA Junkie reported.

Adesanya was winning the fight on the judge's scorecards prior to the stoppage. With a chance at redemption, Adesanya will be looking to prove that he is the true king of the middleweights.

Fans looking forward to rematch

Fans have had their say about the rematch and who they think will win it.

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@rafaestamelo:

"Pereira gonna show him what’s up again."

@thekidlionheart:

"This is a banger of a fight I just can’t see Izzy losing it though unless he gets caught I think he might try to drag it out to 5 again and make it to the bell."

@stijjani:

"For Izzy to win he has to put the pressure on for the whole 5 rounds. If he backpedals and cedes octagon control to Poatan, he loses...by KO...again."

@ThreeLionsMMA:

"I think Adesanya gets beat again quite easily."

Adesanya gets new tattoo

Israel Adesanya's love for anime has inspired his new tattoo.

The Last Stylebender revealed his new ink on social media, explaining that it was inspired by Gaara, a popular character from Naruto.

Adesanya’s new tattoo means dragon and is inscribed in Arabic, Sports Brief reported.

Source: Sports Brief News