After Criticism for Insulting Kids, BJJ Goat Gordon Ryan Reminds Fans of What Alex Pereira’s Son Did to Israel Adesanya

Published 04/10/2023, 4:27 AM EDT

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Israel Adesanya finally crossed the biggest hurdle in his career last night at UFC 287. The 33-year-old knocked out rival Alex Pereira to reclaim the middleweight title had lost in November 2022. With the win, Adesanya has finally beaten Pereira for the first time in their seven-year-long rivalry. Adesanya’s joy knew no bounds as he finally finished the Brazilian in a devastating fashion. His celebratory antics went viral and now have been approved by multiple-time BJJ world champion Gordon Ryan.

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Ryan took to his Instagram to share a reel showing Adesanya’s road to UFC 287 and his celebrations. The reel also had a simple message that Ryan seemed to approve of.

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Israel Adesanya had lost thrice to Pereira before UFC 287. Despite coming close numerous times, Adesanya simply could not get the job done before last night. After Pereira knocked out Adesanya in a kickboxing bout in Brazil, the Brazilian’s son mocked the champion by mimicking him falling onto the mat and laying out cold. It seems like Adesanya had not forgotten the insult from Pereira Junior.

Soon after he knocked out Pereira, Adesanya pointed at his son in the audience and mimicked the same gesture he did all those years ago.

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The reel that Gordon Ryan shared on his Instagram story captured this chain of events with a simple message- “Revenge is sweet.” During the post-fight press conference, the champion admitted he was being petty and explained his reason for doing that to Pereira’s son.

Adesanya addressed his post-fight antics

After the fight, things were cordial between Pereira and Adesanya backstage. After a 7-year-long rivalry, it was hard for the striking maestros not to respect each other. During the presser, Adesanya addressed his antics.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ said, “I’m petty, bro. I remember the first time he [Alex Pereira] knocked me out in Brazil, and his son came into the ring and then started to lie dead next to me, and I’m like, ‘you f**ing little a**hole. I’ll whoop your a** if your dad don’t do it for you’. But then, yeah, I looked for his kid, and I pointed at him, and I saw him, and I was like, ‘Hey, hey, hey, ‘motions falling down*’, just to remind him.”

What are your thoughts on Gordon Ryan sharing the post? Do you agree with Izzy’s choice to target Pereira’s son? How do you think Pereira will respond to all this?

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 500 articles on the sport. With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Yeswanth expertly combines his writing and storytelling skills with his passion for MMA. He was initially drawn to the sport after the intense rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov captured his attention.
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