- Israel Adesanya was impressed by Alex Pereira’s light heavyweight debut at UFC 291
- Izzy thinks “Poatan” should fight for the light heavyweight title next
Israel Adesanya tuned in at UFC 291 at home to watch both his former foes Alex Pereira and Jan Blachowicz square off. At the end of the fight, Izzy knew already that Pereira would get his hand raised.
Alex owned It
In a live reaction video uploaded on his YouTube channel, “The Last Stylebender” commended Blachowicz for being “crafty” up to the very last minute of the fight. However, Adesanya still reckoned that it was “Poatan” who put on a more impressive performance.
Adesanya went on and admitted that Pereira looked and did very well in his light heavyweight debut, especially after the fight when the Brazilian proudly walked around the Octagon as Blachowicz sat down in the corner looking exhausted. As Izzy called it, Pereira won via split decision.
“Pereira should win that and the way [Jan] get up doing that, definitely influences [the judges’ decision] you got to get up and don’t do this [sit down in the corner] don’t ever do this, if you in the fight, don’t ever do that, do what Alex did. Get up and put your hands up. [It] Should be Pereira,” Adesanya said in the video.
“Alex won, [he] looked good at light heavyweight, also elevation we have to consider that as well. But yeah, crafty from Jan, he did the right thing trying to sneak the victory but wasn’t enough,” he added.
Izzy proposed a title fight scenario for Alex
The UFC has yet to decide how things would play out in the light heavyweight division with Jamahal Hill still out of the picture due to an injury. The way Adesanya sees it, nothing makes more sense than a showdown for the vacant light heavyweight title between Pereira and former 205-pound king Jiri Prochazka.
“Alex vs. Jiri (Prochazka) now probably for the belt, I’m gonna assume,” Adesanya speculated.
Pereira already addressed his next move and he is laser-focused on winning the light heavyweight title first before he comes back to middleweight and then goes for a trilogy match with Adesanya. While it sounds viable and logical, Izzy, on the other hand, has to defend his middleweight belt first against Dricus du Plessis.