Video: Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira shared a mutually respectful moment after UFC 287
That’s how the rivalry played out Saturday night at Kaseya Center where Adesanya avenged his three previous defeats to Pereira with an emphatic second-round knockout to reclaim the UFC middleweight championship that Pereira took from him last November.
Between kickboxing and MMA, Adesanya (24-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) and Pereira (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have faced each other four times. And it’s clear that, regardless of what might be said publicly, the two men share a mutual respect for each other, which was on display in a video capturing their post-fight conversation in the bowels of the arena (via the UFC’s Twitter):
— UFC (@ufc) April 9, 2023
While Pereira is up 3-1 overall on Adesanya, they’re split 1-1 in the UFC, with each man finishing the other. While a trilogy to settle the score seemingly would make sense, it appears unlikely to happen anytime soon.
During the UFC 287 post-event news conference, Adesanya said he considers the score settled, and UFC president Dana White revealed a possible move to light heavyweight for Pereira.
If this moment signals the end of their rivalry, it’s a nice way for it to finish.
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