Israel Adesanya Loses UFC Title To Alex Pereira (Video)

Israel Adesanya Loses UFC Title To Alex Pereira (Video)

Nigerian born New Zealand boxer, Israel Adesanya has lost his middleweight title after a stunning fifth-round knockout by Alex Pereira.

Prior to the main event at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night, Adesanya was unbeaten at middleweight in mixed martial arts. His sole professional loss came awhile challenging for light heavyweight gold last year.

Brazil’s Pereira came into the fight with two wins over Adesanya; one controversial and the other a rally knockout. At UFC 281, he added an MMA win to the head-to-head series with a standing, come from behind TKO.

Pereira walked to the cage first to the sound of the traditional indigenous people’s song. Madison Square Garden was illuminated in Brazilian green. Then it was Adesanya’s turn. There was no undertaker or samurai outfits, but Jigsaw from the SAW movies made an appearance on screen.

With the defeat, Adesanya loses for the first time at middleweight. His consecutive title defense streaks ends at five, having been the champion since 2019.

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