Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya wants revenge.
But defeating longtime foe Alex Pereira in the main event of UFC 287 pay-per-view (PPV), scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023, in Miami, Fla., just isn’t good enough for ” The Last Stylebender”, who admits he is now the “bad guy” in their respective stories.
Adesanya also wants to send the huge “Poatan” to light heavyweight.
“He has bragging rights,” Adesanya told The Mac Life. “I had a chance to claim him, but I’m going to say less and do more. After this fight, I bet you he’s going to go down to 205 (pounds). So that’s my shot, and that’s That’s why I put it all in. This is part of my story. In every story there are valleys. For him too, the hero of one is the villain of another. If you look at his life from his point of view I’m the bad guy I’m the guy – the underdog he beat I went to the UFC he chased me, got me, beat me So here’s my story now. It’s my time for her story.
Pereira, 35, is cutting a huge amount of weight to hit the middleweight limit and would no doubt appreciate the change of scenery; however, the 6’4″ Pereira – who sports a long reach of 79″ – would prefer to take that leap under more favorable conditions.
Adesanya was beaten by Pereira on the kickboxing circuit – twice – before falling to the Brazilian at UFC 281 last November. Fans of ‘The Last Stylebender’ were quick to decry the stoppage and claimed the referees’ incompetence helped ‘Poatan’ win the crown.
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