Alex Pereira has two victories over Israel Adesanya, including one by knockout.
But “Poatan” understands he hasn’t signed up for another kickboxing match on Saturday. night (November 12) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he meets the reigning middleweight champion in the main event of UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV).
“I can’t stay attached to those two fights I did with him and get in the middle of the Octagon, fold my arms and he falls,” Pereira told MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast. “I have to impose my rhythm and my game to win. I can’t think of two fights we’ve had, or the knockout. Every fight is different. I have to go out there and do what I trained and be better than him.
Adesanya (23-1) has more than three times the mixed martial arts (MMA) experience of his Brazilian rival, but some of “The Last Stylebender”‘s recent title defenses have been criticized for being boring, thanks to his anemia. finishing rate inside the Octagon.
“There’s no way he’ll fight the way he fights, he’ll have to be more aggressive,” the 6-1 Pereira continued. “I’m ready for this. We’re talking about MMA, we’re not talking about kickboxing. I think he’s more aggressive, and that’s perfect for me.
We will find out this weekend in “The Empire State”.
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