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UFC Veteran Details Why Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya Rematch Wouldn’t Happen

Published 01/21/2023, 5:25 PM EST

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On Nov. 12, 2022, Alex Pereira again reigned supreme against his long-term rival, Israel Adesanya. Defeating ‘The Last Stylebender’ at UFC 281, the Brazilian not only did lay claim to the UFC gold but also established himself at the top of the middleweight division food chain. However, since their fateful fight, the demands of a potential rematch have resurfaced here and then. While ‘Poatan’ himself recently gave his verdict on the alternative fighter, in the unfortunate case of not setting an Octagon date with Adesanya, the fans remain hopeful of the tetralogy.

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Meanwhile, dashing the fan’s hopes, the UFC veteran Chael Sonnen recently listed the missing ingredients of a potential rematch involving the two. Further, the analyst believes that both fighters constitute the missing ingredients.

Israel Adesanya and his missing ingredient


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The Oregon-born analyst, in the recent video uploaded on his YouTube channel, started the conversation as he pointed out the non-possibility of anybody backing down from anybody. Following this, the MMA promoter said, “I could just, couldn’t help but notice conspicuously the one thing missing from announcing that those two are gonna rematch sometime about Izzy versus Alex was Izzy and Alex.”

The 31-17 record holder specifically referred to how he never heard the Auckland resident voice that he wanted the fight. Further, he stated how he also never heard the former champion reveal why not. Following this, Sonnen disclosed that the City Kickboxing gym product didn’t plan on asking for a rematch.


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However, if the opportunity presents itself, the prolific fighter wouldn’t decline it. Even if the rematch is not scheduled, according to Sonnen, the New Zealand fighter won’t mind taking a moment.

Setting the eyes on the next training camp, the 33-year-old fighter could come up with a game plan for his bogeyman, but might execute it against somebody else. Imitating Adesanya, the podcast host summed up, “I’m not going to ask for them. But if the chips did fall in that manner, I’d be okay with it”


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Alex Pereira and his missing ingredient

Earlier in the segment, the retired MMA fighter recalled when Alex Pereira went as far as to suggest he didn’t want the rematch.

The incident dates back to the time when the Sao Paulo fighter appeared on Ariel Helwani’s show. Thus, Sonnen added, “He said [to Ariel Helwani], ‘I don’t want to do it. I will, I will do it if Izzy asks me to. I will because he just did this for me so I will return the but I don’t want to I hope he doesn’t ask.'”


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Written by:

Rohit Lohan


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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.
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Vineet Nandwana