Pereira’s Size No Problem For Adesanya
Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya says that he knows what to do to beat Alex Pereira when the two face off in a title rematch at the Madison Square Garden on April 9.
The Last Stylebender was defeated by Poatan twice during their kickboxing days. Their title bout at UFC 281 seemed like the perfect opportunity for Adesanya to finally get some revenge. Instead, the fight ended in chillingly similar fashion to their second kickboxing bout, with Pereira rocking him in the final round with a lethal left hook.
During an interview, Adesanya was asked about the notable size advantage Pereira has over him and if he’ll gain some muscle.
“Nah, for me, I’m not used to walking around with that kind of mass, so I wouldn’t want to do that in such a short amount of time,” Adesanya said.
“If you want to do that, you need time and I don’t like having too much time off like that, it’s not for me. A lot of guys, they’ll fight once a year or twice a year, that’s not me. I’d stay active.”
Adesanya went on to say that he doesn’t worry about the size the Brazilian has over him because he knows what to do to win.
“I don’t need to do that. I feel like I can get the guy, I almost have the guy every time, so I know exactly what to do to get the guy,” the Nigerian-born athlete said.