“He Will Learn That He Cannot Take the Risk” – UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Explains What Alex Pereira Should Take Away From Israel Adesanya Rematch

Published 04/10/2023, 6:40 AM EDT

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UFC 287 closed a chapter on one of the most famous combat sports rivalries of all time. Israel Adesanya faced Alex Pereira for the fourth time in combat sports at UFC 287. After losing the first three times, Adesanya was finally able to defeat Pereira and reclaim his middleweight gold as well.

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The fashion in which the match ended lit the entire MMA world up with shock and surprise. Israel Adesanya knocked Pereira out in the second round. Many UFC fans and analysts have been talking about the fight and its outcome. One of those is the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.

Daniel Cormier about Alex Pereira and a potential rematch

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After the fight, Daniel Cormier weighed in on Pereira‘s performance and the possibility of a future rematch. Cormier started by talking about how well Pereira performed at the beginning of the fight. “The success Pereira had early in the fight tells us he can compete with Izzy,” DC said.

He also noted that Alex Pereira, who is relatively new to MMA, will learn a lot from this loss. According to Cormier, Pereira had a lot of power in his strikes, but his defense was lacking. “But I think Alex will learn from this. He will learn that he cannot take the risk when he has somebody hurt as recklessly with 4oz gloves,” Cormier said.

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The retired UFC legend also pointed out there can be a potential rematch between the two fighters. One of the main reasons that Cormier gave supporting this statement was that Adesanya had defeated the majority of ranked middleweight fighters. It is true that there is no clear challenger for the title right now in the middleweight division.

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Will there be a rematch?

There is no denying the fact that the MMA world will love to see Adesanya and Pereira complete their trilogy in MMA. However, no one is sure if the fight will take place. In the post-fight conference, Dana White talked about Pereira moving to light heavyweight. One of the biggest reasons for this potential move is the difficulty Pereira faces in cutting weight.

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Adesanya‘s win over Pereira at UFC 287 was a significant moment in his career. It marked a return to form for the middleweight champion, who had suffered a setback in his previous encounter with Pereira. Cormier‘s comments about Pereira‘s performance and the potential for a future rematch only add to the intrigue surrounding Adesanya‘s reign as champion.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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