“I Cannot Talk About It Yet” – Alex Pereira Explains Israel Adesanya Rematch Scenario; Refuses to Reveal Plans for His Next Fight

Published 12/28/2023, 10:56 PM EST

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Alex Pereira appears to have moved on from his rivalry with Israel Adesanya. ‘Poatan’ recently secured the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 295 against former champion, Jiri Prochazka. The win marked the Brazilian’s second UFC title and he accomplished the feat in just 7 fights in the UFC! After his win, Pereira called out Adesanya, offering him a shot at the light-heavyweight title.

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However, it seems like Adesanya is not interested in Pereira’s offer as the former UFC middleweight champion has been on a hiatus from competition since his loss to Sean Strickland at UFC 293. But in a recent interview, Pereira revealed that he has already set his sights on a future fight that does not involve his arch-nemesis! Let’s take a look at what he had to say!

Alex Pereira is no longer concerned about Israel Adesanya’s fight 

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In a recent interview with TheMacLife on YouTube, Alex Pereira was asked about his desire for a rematch with Israel Adesanya. Pereira, dismissing the idea, stated firmly that it’s all in the past now. He emphasized, “No that’s in the past now bro, let it go”

Addressing his previous call-out to Adesanya, Pereira expressed a clear shift in priorities. Despite Adesanya’s apparent disinterest, Pereira is resolute about leaving that chapter behind.

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Pereira also revealed that there are ongoing discussions with the UFC about his future. The fighter’s focus is now squarely on the road ahead.  Enthusiastic and happy about these talks, he noted, “I’m focusing now on my next steps, been having some directional conversations with the organization that is making me really happy, but I cannot talk about it yet, but I’m focused on a different direction now.”

Pereira hinted at a different direction, signaling a deliberate shift in his fighting trajectory. The interview highlights his determination to move forward and explore new opportunities, leaving the Adesanya episode behind.

During the same conversation, Pereira also revealed the thoughts behind his cryptic message online that had caused fans to go into a frenzy speculating about his move up to the heavyweight division!

Pereira reveals thoughts behind heavyweight move

Fans have been speculating about Pereira’s potential for a third title, fueled by a cryptic Instagram post that hinted at a possible Interim heavyweight title clash with Tom Aspinall at UFC 300 in April next year. However, Pereira clarified that it was merely a dream-inspired post and not a concrete plan.

Pereira, reflecting on his journey, acknowledged his ability to fight at heavyweight but emphasized the need for careful planning. He underscored that “I can definitely fight at Heavyweight, maybe something for the future, but it’s gotta be something that’s well planned.”

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Despite the allure of a heavyweight venture, Pereira remains committed to his current focus on his light heavyweight championship reign. His comments highlight that his approach involves systematic planning and strategic execution rather than spontaneous endeavors.

As such, in Poatan’s relentless pursuit of UFC dominance, each move is a carefully calculated step, a testament to his commitment to excellence in the Octagon!

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Will Alex Pereira be able to capture a 3rd UFC title in the future? Only time will divulge but let’s hear your take on this! Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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