‘In the next four fights I hope to see him’

Israel Adesanya was enjoying Alex Pereira’s octagon launching at UFC 268 – and it went precisely as he forecasted.

That’s not an exaggeration, either. Adesanya (21-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 10-1 UFC) called Pereira (4-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 1-0 UFC) would complete Andreas Michailidis with a knee in their middleweight match this previous Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Usually Adesanya’s ideas on a debuting fighter in his department wouldn’t be especially relevant. Pereira is a unique case, however, due to the fact that he holds 2 kickboxing triumphes over the UFC’s present 185-pound one, with one being the only knockout loss of Adesanya’s fight sports profession.

In a brand-new UFC 268 response video on Adesanya’s individual YouTube channel, he shared video of himself enjoying the battle live, where Pereira packed takedown tried for the preliminary prior to landing a flying knee knockout at the 0:18 mark of Round 2.

“It’s pretty much like me and (Derek) Brunson – he’s trying to find a way (to take him down) cause he’s scared of the striking,” Adesanya stated. “Cause you know he’s going to shoot, well-timed knee just straight up. Bang. There it is. I thought he was going to do it when he shot in, but I didn’t think he was going to fly at him.”

Pereira, 34, was consistently inquired about getting a battle versus Adesanya, 32, in the UFC prior to making his launching. He kept modest and stated his only objective is to win the title. If he occurs to cross courses with “The Last Stylebender” as a repercussion of chasing after that dream, he would enjoy to face his previous enemy once again.

It stays to be seen how UFC matchmakers choose to deal with Pereira moving forward. Adesanya concurred with among his good friends in the video that the similarity Brunson and Marvin Vettori would position stylistic problems to Pereira, who still has simply 5 mixed martial arts battles in spite of a wealth of kickboxing experience that consists of a magnificence title.

The champ is apparently wishing for Pereira to discover success, however. Adesanya is coming off a title defense versus Vettori at UFC 263 in June, and is anticipated to rematch Robert Whittaker in February, though it’s not main.

Pereira represents new blood, and provided his history with Adesanya, he’d develop an engaging story as an opposition. Adesanya rubbed his fingers in a profitable movement as Pereira performed his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, and he made it clear it’s something he desires.

“We talked about this like two days ago,” Adesanya stated. “We need something new. Especially after you lap the division again. … Good job Pereira, that was nice. One thing I notice is everyone always holds on to that win he has over me like it’s the be-all-end-all. I hope he does well. I hope he does well through the ranks. In the next four fights, I hope to see him. They’ll show you the knockout, but they won’t show you what happened before the finish. I hurt him, but I only throw (hands) because I was infiltrated by other people’s thoughts. But that was when I was younger. Not anymore. It’s different now. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.