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Israel Adesanya responds to Alex Pereira’s callout at UFC 295: ‘Final time I checked, you have been f*cking slept’

November 12, 2023 9:35 pm ET Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya congratulated his longtime rival for winning a second UFC title, but also found humor in Alex Pereira bringing up his name during his post-fight interview. At UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Pereira became champion of the light heavyweight division

Israel Adesanya responds to Alex Pereira’s callout at UFC 295: ‘Final time I checked, you have been f*cking slept’

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya congratulated his longtime rival for successful a second UFC title, but in addition discovered humor in Alex Pereira mentioning his identify throughout his post-fight interview.

At UFC 295 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, Pereira grew to become champion of the sunshine heavyweight division by stopping Jiri Prochazka with vicious punches and elbows in the second round. Pereira, who has now gained UFC titles within the 185-pound and 205-pound divisions, used a portion of his in-cage post-fight interview to ship a message to his rival Adesanya.

Pereira recalled an previous interview from Adesanya during which the previous middleweight champ said that Pereira could be ingesting in a bar someplace, residing off the reminiscence of his kickboxing victories, whereas he was nonetheless actively having success in fight sports activities. “Poatan” credited Adesanya’s phrases for motivating him to turn out to be a greater fighter, and finally a UFC champion. He inspired Adesanya to not “waste his talent” by taking extended time away from the game.

Pereira stated in English, “Adesanya, come to daddy.”

Pereira and Adesanya have fought 4 instances throughout kickboxing and MMA. Pereira gained each kickboxing bouts, however they every have a stoppage win within the UFC’s octagon. Of their final struggle at UFC 287, Adesanya violently knocked out Pereira within the second spherical.

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“The truth that it sits with him,” Adesanya stated in a video on his YouTube channel. “It hurts his spirit, I prefer it. However he did it. Identical enviornment, getting that belt once more, yeah. I feel Jamahal Hill might be subsequent for him, however I do know for a truth it hurts his spirit, which I like.”

Pereira recorded a standing TKO victory over Adesanya to turn out to be the middleweight champion at UFC 281, which additionally befell at MSG. Within the video, Adesanya stated that Pereira claiming his second title in the identical constructing made for story.

Nevertheless, Adesanya discovered humor in his identify being talked about throughout the post-fight interview. In spite of everything, in the event that they by no means meet once more for a fifth struggle, Adesanya bought the final snicker of their rivalry.

“What did he say? Come to daddy? Final time I checked, you have been f*cking slept.”

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