“It Frees Me Completely”: Israel Adesanya Comes Clean on His Third Loss to Alex Pereira

Published 01/24/2023, 5:15 PM EST

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya met with a third consecutive loss to Alex Pereira and lost his championship. ‘The Last Stylebender’ seemed to be in control in the first four rounds. However, ‘Poatan’ won the match via a fifth-round TKO. Israel Adesanya recently opened up about his loss to Pereira.

Israel Adesanya is one of the most dangerous mixed martial artists in the world. Besides MMA, he has also competed professionally om boxing and kickboxing as well. Adesanya has met Pereira only once inside the UFC’s octagon. But they have met before in the kickboxing promotion, Glory of Heroes. So far, ‘The Last Stylebender’ could not overcome the Brazilian in any of their three bouts.

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The New Zealand fighter opened up about his UFC 281 loss. A rendition of the Jigsaw theme from Saw accompanied his entry into the arena. Adesdanya showed a rather humble side at the post-fight press conference.

Israel Adesanya was “grateful” after his loss to Alex Pereira

Adesanya talked about the pressure kind of pressure he was on before facing Alex Pereira. He said, “I put all the pressure on myself and I have all the pressure of the world on me as well.” He added,But I thrive in this position. I mean, this is what greatness is about. If you really want to be great, you have to do things that challenge you. That challenges your mind.” ‘The Last Stylebender’adopted an unusual stance during his post-fight press conference.

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“I’m grateful,” said Adesanya. He mentioned that it was the same story with Pereira all over again. He did opinionated that he could have continued the fight before the referee decided to stop it. But the 33-year-old fighter stated that it was a learning curve for him. “For me, [getting knocked out], it frees me, because I’m like, oh, what’s the worst that can happen? Oh wait, it did. How was I afterwards? I was fine. Easy,” said Adesanya. He added, “It frees me completely. Because I’m like, if it happens again, I’ll be fine.”

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Adesanya is currently taking time away from the octagon. But he has assured me that he will return in the summer of 2023. He had a total of three fights within a period of ten months in 2022. However, Alex Pereira said that he could choose to face Robert Whittaker. But, Adesanya is confident that he will get his rematch against ‘Poatan’ and come back stronger than before. What are your thoughts? Drop your comments below.

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Himanga Mahanta

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Himanga is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. He interned as a WWE author at Sportsmanor before joining EssentiallySports to pursue his interest as a sports journalist. Himanga is a big fan of UFC's Conor McGregor and considers him the most entertaining combat sports athlete of the 21st century.

Edited By: Debmallya Chakraborty

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