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The styles make the fights: a statement as cliché as it is accurate.
Alex Pereira beating Israel Adesanya might just be a case study for that saying. Pereira is 3-0 over Adesanya in two different combat sports, and he is the only man to ever stop him via strikes, which he has now done twice. Obviously “Poatan” is a bad style match for “Stylebender”.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Pereira is a bad match for all the men Adesanya has decisively managed. Adesanya’s success in defeating and thwarting Pereira in the third round has many fans and analysts wondering what would happen if a more established wrestler took the knockout artist to the canvas. Despite the big knockout win, some downright doubt Pereira’s potential against most of the other top middleweights.
UFC commentator and retired champion Daniel Cormier doesn’t quite fall into that category, but he thinks Khamzat Chimaev is a nightmare matchup for the kickboxer. For this reason, Cormier thinks it would be better to book Adesanya’s rematch immediately, rather than risk Pereira losing to a worse style match and losing that option.
“If you schedule him with Khamzat right now, and Khamzat says, ‘That’s my belt, let me beat me,’ Khamzat would be a heavy favorite to beat Alex Pereira,” Cormier said on his ESPN show. DC & RC” (via Yahoo Sports). “Just because of the style. The style just doesn’t fit yet and Pereira, he’s so young in his career that this (Adesanya) was honestly the ideal champion for him.
“I don’t know if you benefit from putting these two guys against other people,” Cormier added. “Because I really believe that there are very tough matchups for Alex Pereira that weren’t as tough for Israel Adesanya and that, for me, was shown in the third round when Izzy was able to control him once. he shot him. If you stick him in there with a grappler or a wrestler, he might drown.
As for Chimaev, “Borz” is flirting with title shots in two divisions. He has already called for a fight with Pereira on several occasions, but is also said to be fighting Colby Covington next at 170 pounds. If the UFC were willing to give him a shot at the middleweight title, however, it seems rather likely that Cormier’s betting odds prediction would be accurate.
Yet being favored to win and dethroning the champion are two very different things.
Do today’s disastrous One Championship hydration test results call into question how seriously they were taken before One’s move to Amazon Prime? Several of the athletes listed below have continued to gain weight and stay hydrated, but it has been less than a month since John Lineker was stripped of his bantamweight crown.
Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis looks like it’s finally booked!
I’m so excited that this fight is finally in place – I want it more than anything right now. I worked, I’m at the peak of my career and I know I’m going to be the greatest boxer in the world. This legacy begins today pic.twitter.com/6Hv5y3hwMY
— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) November 17, 2022
I’ll be back in the ring on January 7th, stay tuned for more details! After that, it’s me and Ryan signed sealed delivered…deal done!
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) November 17, 2022
Adesanya quoting Muhammad Ali and Aang in the same post is a classic “Stylebender” moment.
The past can be a great teacher.” – Aang
I received this gift from the best team ever. The compliments I received from them on handling this weekend filled me with pride. Thank you for this awesome gift. I will always be inspired by your spirit, forever. pic.twitter.com/lSOpIuRaDq
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) November 17, 2022
A flashback of Dana White angry at the truck – why not?
Renato Moicano as the star of UFC 281 is not something I expected, but I’m here for it.
The biggest difference is the smile.
Alex Perez vs. Kai Kara-France is a great piece of flyweight.
Slips, tears and KO clips
SUM ! It’s been a while.
M3 Midorifuji 1-3
Św Hōshōryū 3-1
Bang! This move is great if you don’t hit first. Kimarite for result is straight out of judo: KAWAZUGAKE. Midori has 5-0, yes FIVE to ZERO match advantage over Hoss. #kyushubasho2022 pic.twitter.com/hpENmctLiC
— Sumo Soul 相撲魂 (@TheSumoSoul) November 17, 2022
Sean Strickland beats up a guy wearing generic (read: cheap) UFC boxing gloves.
Sit on the head, turn the shoulder!
Brilliant decision making.
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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