- Israel Adesanya says a win over Alex Pereira in their expected rematch will change everything
- Adesanya was not satisfied with the finish but did not blame the referee
Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is coming off a tough loss to reigning 185-pound king Alex Pereira in his last outing at UFC 281 earlier this month. Adesanya appeared to be on his way to a victory by decision when Pereira connected with a flurry of punches that forced referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight.
Israel Adesanya says a win in Alex Pereira rematch will change everything
In a recent video uploaded on YouTube, Adesanya shared his thoughts on the expected rematch with ‘Poatan.’
“I’m excited for this chapter. I like the way the story goes. I made him bloody I made him bleed. If you can make him bleed, you can kill him. This one, I want to make it a bloodbath like I get up and it’s just red from elbows and just beating him lumpy. Only the first one’s the asterisk, last two he beat me. But I was beating him, I was on my way to beating him.
“There’s that story there. This time, if I just beat him from bell to bell 30 minute as* whooping, finish him somewhere in between, all those three don’t matter. He who has the last laugh laughs best.”
Adesanya did not blame the referee but took issue with the stoppage
‘Stylebender’ did not take issue with Goddard himself but argued the stoppage was a bit early.
“Again, I don’t blame the referee because you’re in the moment and I think it was a good stoppage, but he could’ve let it go on a little bit longer. The fight with Kelvin Gastelum, if he takes the same approach, he should have stopped it right after the 10 seconds when I dropped Gastelum… if you give him that kind of courtesy you can give me a little bit.”
Israel Adesanya will take some time off to focus on his health before returning to action in an expected rematch with Pereira for the title.