- Alex Pereira criticized Israel Adesanya’s win at UFC 276
- ‘Poatan’ warned Izzy to improve his performance when they finally face each other
In what turned out to be an uneventful fight, Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. After the fight, the winner of the other 185-pound match in the main event, Alex Pereira did not mince his words in criticizing Izzy.
In a backstage interview following his stunning Round 1 KO win over Sean Strickland, Pereira blatantly said that he was upset with how Adesanya fought. According to the Brazilian, the champ’s lackluster performance was “a disrespect to the crowd” as he has seen a lot of fans in attendance get bored watching the match.
“What really upsets me is to see the way that he fought tonight,” Pereira said through his translator. “A performance like that because it is a disrespect to the crowd. I saw thousands and thousands of people here, I couldn’t even count how many and it’s sad to see people booing like that during a title fight. People were leaving in round four like the fight was over. It really upsets me.”
Alex Pereira feels that Israel Adesanya's performance tonight was "disrespectful to the crowd". pic.twitter.com/eQFCp6psgk
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To this day, Pereira is still the only fighter who have KO’d Adesanya, having finished the middleweight king in kickboxing in the past. Now that they are likely to cross paths once again in the future, ‘Poatan’ expects to see a better version of “The Last Stylebender” or else he would humiliate him again.
“So I hope he do a much better fight with me cause otherwise your screwed,” he pointed out.
Pereira will now be one of the top 15 fighters in the middleweight division. Who knows, maybe he could jump straight to title contention next. We’ll about to find out soon.