Adesanya calls out Pereira after retaining UFC title – Channels Television
Israel Adesanya has called out Alex Pereira for his next title defense after retaining his middleweight championship by defeating Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Adesanya’s striking superiority was evident in the octagon as Cannonier couldn’t land any telltale blows, ‘The Last Stylebender’ keeping him at bay while separating him with jabs and kicks to the body and legs.
Overall, Adesanya outscored his American opponent 163-141, including 116-90 in big shots.
At the end of the 5 rounds, the judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 for the Lagos born fighter for his 6th consecutive successful title defense.
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The 32-year-old has already won Robert Whittaker (twice), Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.
After the fight, Adesanya called out former kickboxing rival Alex Pereira after the Brazilian knocked out Sean Strickland on the UFC 276 card.
Pereira has two wins over Adesanya in the kickboxing era, including one by knockout.
Meanwhile, with his latest victory, the Last Stylebender remains undefeated at 185 pounds in the UFC with a 12-0 record in the middleweight division.
He is the fourth fighter in UFC history to win 12 fights in a weight class, joining welterweight champion and fellow Nigerian Kamaru Usman, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov.