Israel Adesanya lately stated ‘f*ck the belt’, and that the one factor he desires at UFC 281 is to beat Alex Pereira at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, however “Poatan just isn’t ” buys that assertion.
Discussing this week’s episode of the MMA Preventing podcast free alternatePereira stated the feedback make him “just a little confused” as a result of a win for him would already imply he nonetheless has the middleweight belt.
“If he actually needed this, he would have accomplished it as quickly as I signed with the UFC,” Pereira stated. “He’s made to combat, he’s the champion. He clearly cares in regards to the belt.”
Pereira defeated Adesanya twice in kickboxing earlier than turning into a two-division champion in Glory, whereas “The Final Stylebender” transitioned full-time to MMA shortly after his second loss to Pereira, becoming a member of the UFC a yr later and starting his unimaginable run. to him who received the UFC title.
The Brazilian not solely believes that his earlier victories in kickboxing over the UFC champion have been worrying, but in addition that he “is aware of how harmful I’m.”
“He is aware of I am not like the opposite guys he is fought, in any other case the outcomes would have been completely different within the two instances we fought,” Pereira stated. “He is aware of I am completely different, and I verify that. I present that in my three UFC fights. I am being sincere right here. He would not need this combat. Nobody desires. His crew would not need him. Individuals near him don’t need him as a result of they know the hazard. Is it good? Is it the champion? He’s there as a result of he did what he did. Everybody is aware of my potential and might see my evolution.
“Proper after I acquired into the UFC he stated he’d prefer to combat me perhaps after 4 fights however ‘relax.’ He needed [to fight me], however solely after doing 4 fights. Why? He had in his thoughts that I can lose a person and he would say, “Is that the one you need me to combat?” I by no means believed that, however some individuals did. Others now perceive that he was bluffing. That is not what he desires.
“Proper after he introduced that my subsequent combat for the belt can be towards him, he and the entire crew stated it was a bit unfair to combat for the belt as a result of I acquired the this, that Adesanya did as many fights as me. the identical must be accomplished. Man, I simply hear that and take it as constructive for me. That reveals me that he pretended he needed to [to fight me] and after I acquired right here, his entire crew was towards him. That reveals all of them, he and his crew are mentally shaken. “
Pereira will not maintain on to the truth that he has overwhelmed Adesanya in one other sport as a result of it could imply it’s a lock to take action in MMA, nevertheless.
“He desires to stay,” Pereira stated. “I am unable to keep related to these two fights I’ve had with him and get in the midst of the octagon, cross my arms and he goes down . I’ve acquired to drive my rhythm and win my match. I am unable to consider two fights we have had, or knocked them down. Each combat is completely different. I’ve acquired to go there and do what I’ve skilled for do it and be higher than it.”
UFC commentator Michael Bisping lately said that he doesn’t count on Adesanya to be immune towards “Poatan” at UFC 281, and the challenger agreed. Nonetheless, Pereira stated he has methods ready for all types of video games that Adesanya will play contained in the octagon, together with standing nonetheless as he did towards Joel Romero.
“There is not any manner he will combat the way in which he is been preventing, he is acquired to be extra aggressive,” Pereira stated. “I am prepared for that. We’re speaking MMA, we’re not speaking kickboxing. I believe he is coming extra aggressive, and that is good for me.”
A victory for Pereira at Madison Sq. Backyard will make him the primary man to win belts in each Glory and UFC, and be part of Anderson Silva and Murilo Bustamante as Brazilian 185-pound champions within the UFC. That act alone, he stated, would make his already profession greater than Adesanya’s.
“For those who take a look at what I’ve accomplished, being a double champion on the largest stage [kickboxing] group in Glory, one thing that Adesanya has tried and misplaced to fighters I beat,” stated Pereira. “We all know it is very tough to be a hero in Glory. I had 5 title defenses and have become the sunshine heavyweight champion. To maneuver to a different sport and develop into a champion?
“Instance: Adesanya is dropping to me [at UFC 281] and I am a UFC champion. I am higher [than him] as a result of I used to be a champion in two divisions in different sports activities, and the historical past I’ve, and a champion within the largest teams [Glory and UFC]. He was only a champion within the UFC – which is so much, so much – [but] I’d contemplate my profession tougher than his.
“That is my opinion. I am not now if individuals see it that manner, however I do as a result of I do know what I have been by means of and the way onerous I’ve needed to face. He is aware of that too, as a result of he tried and could not do it. ”
And for the followers who name him smug for boasting a few win over Adesanya in kickboxing, he simply would not care.
“I posted one thing the opposite day and somebody wrote, ‘Be extra humble. The champion himself posted the video of him getting out with you,’” stated Pereira. “F*ck, so inform him to publish a video of him getting knocked out. He would not have that. I’ve knocked down the man who’s the UFC champion immediately. It would not matter if that was 30 years in the past, it is a part of my historical past and other people need to take that away from me. It would not make sense.”