Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya is one of the hottest prospects in the UFC at the moment, with the vast majority of people believing he will be a title contender at middleweight very soon. The only ever man to finish Adesanya, Glory Middleweight Champion, Alex Pereira, is planning a return to Mixed Martial Arts.
Currently, Pereira holds a record with 39 wins and 6 losses as a kickboxer, with 27 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Two of those wins being against Kiwi Middleweight prospect in the UFC, Israel Adesanya. In their first encounter, two years ago, Adesanya lost a tight decision to the Brazilian. In the rematch coming the year after, “The Last Stylebender” fell victim to a devastating left hand landing flush to his jaw.
Speaking to MMA Fighting about his fights with Adesanya, Alex Pereira said:
“Adesanya kept saying he didn’t lose the first fight, he didn’t accept the loss. The rematch, the first round was back and forth. The second round, he connected a good hand that rocked me. I was getting beat for two minutes, but my body was resting. Not that I wanted to, he was imposing his will, but my body was resting and he was getting tired. He put a lot of pressure but couldn’t drop me. We went to the third round and he was tired. He was winning the fight, but I told my corners I was going to knock him out. It wasn’t luck, I knew I would knock him out. I moved straight forward and used the straight right and left cross, good weapons I have. It wasn’t luck. It landed on his chin and he couldn’t take it. He had a few rough days after that.”
Having competed in MMA three times to this day, Pereira is eyeing a comeback on the expiry of his Glory contract. All of his MMA appearances being held under the banner of Brazilian promotion, Jungle Fights. Speaking on a potential return, Alex “Poatan” Pereira said: “I’ve received two offers from big MMA promotions and we’re analyzing them. I want to go to MMA. I don’t know where I’m going, but if Glory doesn’t let me go, I’ll wait until my contract is over.”
If Alex Pereira is able to make the transition to MMA, a third contest against Israel Adesanya would be extremely interesting, especially considering how far Adesanya’s game has evolved. Would he finally get his only KO defeat back, third time of trying? At the moment, however, “The Last Stylebender” is hoping to take on the winner of Whittaker vs Gastelum, for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 234.