Israel Adesanya is taking a look back at his UFC 281 fight in the lead-up to his next bout against Alex Pereira.
For several years the man at the top of the UFC middleweight division was Israel Adesanya. He won the title back in 2019 and defended it five times. It wasn’t until UFC 281 that he met his match. Alex Pereira and Adesanya have a history together. They fought each other three times now, twice in kickboxing and once in the UFC, all three of which have gone Pereira‘s way. Now, these two warriors are set to clash one more time at UFC 287 in Miami.
Adesanya was granted an immediate rematch due to his résumé and dominance in the middleweight division over the last couple of years. He is now taking the time to take a look back at his last outing and give fans a little insight into what happened.
Israel Adesanya details a nerve injury during the fight at UFC 281
In addition to being one of the biggest stars in the UFC, Adesanya has many other talents. He has worked in voiceover for cartoons and has his own YouTube channel which is very successful. Now he has taken to that YouTube page to go over and watch his last bout against Pereira. He details some of what he did right and some of what he did wrong, he also mentioned a nerve injury.
“The second one got me, I felt it, I felt like a shock,” he said. “That was the one that was like, ooh, with the nerve…then my legs started to give right here, I was still fine.”
Adesanya spoke a bit about this following the bout but is now going into a little more detail in the video. At one point he notices that it was difficult for him to stand on the leg and let out a little bit of a chuckle.
“I remember that, um but yeah, I was taking it to him, beating him up, taking his legs,” he said. “His leg was compromised as well but mine just, he actually affected the movement by striking the nerve.”
Adesanya was proud of himself following the bout. He feels he stood tall in the face of adversity and took his loss like a true champion. However to become a true champion you must be holding the belt. Adesanya hopes to do just that in Miami when he finally gets to defeat Pereira after a long career facing each other.