Nigeria’s Stylebender Israel Adesanya reclaimed his UFC Middleweight title in type with a second spherical knockout of Alex Pereira at UFC 287. The Nigerian grew to become the first-ever two-time middleweight champion in UFC historical past.
Having misplaced to Pereira thrice in his MMA profession, together with shedding his UFC Middleweight championship in 2022, Adesanya was going through arguably the most important combat of his profession as he appeared to lastly rating a win in opposition to his nemesis.
Sporting blue shorts for the primary time since 2019, Adesanya was the challenger within the combat as he appeared to unseat Pereira, who had the champion’s conventional black shorts with gold markings on. The Brazilian fighter was as much as the duty from the primary spherical as he exchanged physique kicks and photographs together with his challenger, searching for a gap to trigger injury.
Within the second spherical, the champion got here out stronger as he pinned Adesanya in opposition to the Octagon, touchdown various important hits because the Nigerian struggled to interrupt out of the place from which he misplaced the final combat. He managed to take action and landed two huge hits to his opponent earlier than being pressured again into the fence of the world.
Pereira had Adesanya the place he needed and tried to interrupt down his defence by touchdown some photographs and a kick to his physique, just for the Nigerian to discover a two-punch combo that shocked his opponent. Sensing his alternative, he went with an enormous proper hand to the pinnacle of his opponent, sending him crashing to the bottom. Adesanya then pounced on him with a hammer blow, knocking him mindless because the referee stopped the combat.
The Nigerian Stylebender secured an enormous second spherical knockout win over Pereira that takes his file within the UFC to 24-2 in his profession. He additionally regained his title with a formidable displaying in Florida.