- Chris Curtis weighed in on Alex Pereira’s TKO win over Israel Adesanya
- The No. 14 middleweight contender said he would’ve pulled off some gladiator type of revenge if he was in Izzy’s position
After dethroning Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 via a final-round TKO stoppage, Alex Pereira is now 3-0 over Izzy. Their first kickboxing encounter took place in 2016, and the Brazilian won by decision. During the following year, “Poatan” was able to defeat him again, this time through a knockout
And while Pereira’s third victory was undeniably epic as well, middleweight contender Chris Curtis feels bad for Adesanya.
Do a gladiator thing
Speaking to Helen YT Sports, Curtis said he is not an Adesanya fan but to have someone like Pereira, who always gets the better of him, it must’ve been very difficult to deal with.
“I actually feel bad for Izzy like ‘Bro, you have your own personal boogeyman’ Like, how many times can you do everything right,” Curtis said. “He was winning the fight, I though it would’ve been four rounds to one…he was like two minutes from defending his title, and Pereira does it again. Like you got your own personal f*king boogeyman. That is miserable.”
According to Curtis, if he was in Izzy’s shoes, he exaggeratedly said he would’ve gone extreme measures to get rid of that man.
“[If] you can’t beat him in one-on-one combat, we gotta do a gladiator thing and like stab him or poison him before the fight…If one dude kept pounding me down my entire career and I’m gonna come find you at home,” he pointed out. “I’m settling this with knives I don’t care.”
What about the stoppage?
Many were buzzing about referee Mark Goddard’s decision to stop the fight when Adesanya seemed to be still in good condition. Izzy himself said he was fine when Goddard barged in and his coach, Eugene Bareman admitted that it was an early stoppage.
For Curtis, Goddard should’ve thought about the importance of the fight and if Pereira would end up knocking the lights out of Izzy, then let it be.
“I didn’t like the stoppage man,” Curtis admitted. “I understand [the ref was] protecting the fighter but…it’s the last round of a five-round title fight, the champion [was] arguably winning the fight, like, yeah we’re worried about the damage, people go to sleep to on every fight card, let him get knocked the f*ck out.”
It is yet to be determined if the UFC will hand Adesanya a rematch. Until then, Pereira will be waiting for his first title challenger from the rest of the top guys in the middleweight division.