Israel Adesanya is one of the top MMA fighters in the UFC currently and is also among the best UFC fighters in the promotion’s history. Israel is the current UFC middleweight champion and has dominated the division since his debut in 2018. Adesanya has victory over top fighters like Anderson Silva, Marvin Vettori, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.
Despite the long list of achievements, Israel has faced questions during his UFC career and once again he was doubted because of his losses during his Kickboxing days. Israel competed in Kickboxing before his career in MMA and had an exceptionally excellent record of 79 wins and 5 losses. Out of the five losses, Adesanya suffered 2 losses against fellow middleweight fighter Alex Pereira, who now looks like a potential threat to Adesanya’s middleweight reign.
During the UFC276 media day, Israel was asked what would happen in a fight between both of them inside the octagon. Israel questioned back and asked how many of the media reporters watched the 2 fights, to which only a few responded. Israel looked angry and slammed the reporters for not doing their job properly. He said: “Who’s actually seen the whole fight hands up? That’s one, two, three, people, four, five in a room full of how many, exactly. You are journalists do your fu**ng job.“
“I’m gonna have the last laugh”- Israel Adesanya claims he will beat Alex Pereira in the octagon
After his two losses in the kickboxing ring, Israel Adesanya is furious to get back to Pereira inside the octagon and get his revenge. Alex will face Sean Strickland at UFC 276 and in just 8 months, he has earned himself recognition in the UFC. Alex has a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 1 loss and he is inching closer to a fight against Adesanya with every win he earns in the division.
Israel talked about Alex in the media day interview and said: “Quinton Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva, that’s a simple example of how I see this going the third time. He who laughs last, laughs best and I’m going to have the last laugh.”
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Adesanya has talked about a fight against Alex multiple times and he believes that even if Alex doesn’t deserve a fight against him, he would love to beat him inside the octagon for his revenge. Israel and Alex would be a great matchup because of the backstory it involves and it would be exciting to see whether Alex is actually worth the hype, or he is just another stepping stone for Israel to cement his legacy as G.O.A.T. of the middleweight division.