- Dana White is thrilled by Alex Pereira’s TKO finish on Jiri Prochazka at UFC 295
- The UFC boss is not ruling out a third title fight between “Poatan” and Israel Adesanya
Alex Pereira victoriously captured his second UFC title after finishing Jiri Prochazka in their light heavyweight title match at UFC 295. With the entire MMA world waiting for what’s next for “Poatan,” UFC president Dana White gave his honest take on the matter.
Alex proves that he is one of the best in the UFC today
Speaking to reporters in his UFC 295 post-fight presser, White heaped praise on Pereira’s performance against Prochazka. The UFC boss is impressed with how quickly the Brazilian was able to conquer MMA as a former kickboxer which reminds him a lot of Israel Adesanya.
“What’s crazy too is like the first leg kick hurt him. He knew it, he kept kicking that leg and that leg was going to be a problem as the fight went on, and the kicking power, the punching power, he moves like a middleweight… he’s pretty nasty,” White said of Pereira.
“I think that he and Israel Adesanya, if you look at them coming from one style and being able to make the transition and do as well as they’ve done here it’s very impressive,” he added.
Pereira vs. Adesanya III is possible
In typical Dana White fashion, the UFC boss admitted that they would have to see what would happen first before deciding about the talked-about Pereira vs. Adesanya trilogy match. White is certain that the fight is possible but it could depend on what Izzy would like to do when he returns.
“Anything is possible I mean, Alex moved up a weight class. I don’t see Izzy moving up a weight class but I don’t know I mean I’m sure people do want to see it again,” White acknowledged. “I don’t know the answer to that question yet we’ll see when Izzy comes back, what he wants to do, where his head is I mean if you look at what he’s accomplished in in his time here too… whatever he wanted to do if he wanted to move up and fight Pereira again, we’d probably do it, probably give him a fight at that weight first, if he wins and then then give him a shot at Pereira. I don’t know. I wouldn’t say that we would never do it.”
As it stands, Adesanya is still on indefinite break. He and Pereira are 1-1 in their UFC rivalry at middleweight. From the looks of it, if Izzy doesn’t come back sooner, the UFC is likely to book “Poatan” against former light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill.
Check out White’s full presser below: