‘Anime Fanatic’ Israel Adesanya Slams Generation Z for the Alex Pereira Hype – “This TikTok Generation Has 15-Second Memory”

Published 06/21/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand stands in his corner prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya slammed the generation z for hyping up his old rival, Alex Pereira. ‘The Last Stylebender’ also claimed to face the fresh UFC prospect despite him not even being ranked in the division.

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‘Poatan’ became a famous name in the world of MMA even before his UFC debut. It is because of his two wins, one decision, and one knockout, against the current UFC champion Izzy during their time in Glory Kickboxing. Ever since Pereira’s debut in the UFC, people are speculating about how a clash between the two would turn out.

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While talking to the reporters at the UFC 276 Australian press conference, Adesanya gave his thoughts about fighting either Pereira or Sean Strickland next. He said, I look forward to either one of those fights.”

Further on, Izzy also addressed Pereira’s hype. He said, “I don’t like this narrative of like oh it’s too quick, it’s too quick for Pereira. But look, Jiri just fought for the belt and won the belt on his third fight in the UFC.”

“I think Anderson (Silva) did in the second fight. So that’s fine. He is new to MMA. I have been in the game for a long time. And this TikTok generation has 15-second memory so they forget,” he added.

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“All they see is a knockout. But they don’t watch the first fight or even watched the second fight before the finish. So this is not kickboxing, this is mixed martial arts. And these ain’t big pillow gloves. These are four-ounce deadly weapons, and I can’t wait to drive that through his face,” Izzy concluded. 

Will Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira fight?

After getting to know their kickboxing history, UFC fans are going berserk to see Adesanya and Pereira collide inside the MMA cage. Hence, this fight is bound to happen.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Israel Adesanya waits during his decision win over Yoel Romero to retain the middleweight title at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

But, there are conditions. The Brazilian newcomer has two good wins under his name. However, he is yet to break inside the top 15 of the division. He is fighting the number four ranked fighter, Sean Strickland, on the same card as Izzy at UFC 276.

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A win in this fight will give him a good position on the roster. Meanwhile, Izzy will defend his UFC title for the fifth time against Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276. If both the fighters succeed in their upcoming matches, there’s a high probability we see them collide inside the UFC cage next.

Do think this fight is going to happen? What are your thoughts on Izzy’s words? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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