Israel Adesanya actually sees there’s a storyline the UFC can seize if issues fall into place on the promotion’s subsequent pay-per-view occasion.
Adesanya is scheduled to headline UFC 276 on July 2 as he’ll defend his middleweight title towards Jared Cannonier. Additionally on the principle card, a two-time previous kickboxing opponent of Adesanya’s will look to get one other alternative to face “The Final Stylebender,” this time for UFC gold in Alex Pereira when he meets fellow surging contender Sean Strickland on the T-Cellular Enviornment.
If each Adesanya and Pereira emerge victorious, that will probably be the route the UFC goes. At a UFC press conference on Tuesday, Adesanya would appear to love the thought of going through the person who defeated him twice within the kickboxing world.
“This isn’t kickboxing, that is blended martial arts,” Adesanya mentioned. “These ain’t massive pillow gloves, these are 4 ounce lethal weapons that I can’t wait to drive by way of his face after I’m going by way of Jared Cannonier.”
If Strickland is victorious within the bout with Pereira, Adesanya would definitely be positive with that choice ought to he defeat Cannonier. Nevertheless it looks like his sights are set on Pereira with their historical past.
Of their first assembly, Pereira earned a call in April 2016 at Glory of Heroes 1. Within the second matchup, 13 months later at Glory of Heroes 15, Pereira knocked the present UFC middleweight king out.
One factor Adesanya needs to make very clear is that regardless of the outcomes, the 2 bouts had been far more aggressive then the followers will give it credit score for.
“I sit up for both a kind of fights,” Adesanya defined. “I don’t like this narrative of, ‘It’s too fast, it’s too fast for Pereira,’ however look, Jiri [Prochazka] simply fought for and received the belt in his third struggle within the UFC. Anderson [Silva] did it in his second struggle. In order that’s positive, he’s new to MMA. I’ve been on this recreation a very long time and this TikTok technology has a 15-second reminiscence. All they see is a knockout, however they don’t watch the primary struggle, or the second struggle earlier than the end.”