“I bounce off the fence”: Israel Adesanya reacts to his epic UFC 287 KO win vs Alex Pereira

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is still reveling in the glory of his sensational victory at UFC 287, where he knocked out his arch-rival Alex Pereira to reclaim the coveted 185-pound championship. The win was more than just a title triumph for Adesanya; it was a defining moment that etched his name in the annals of combat sports history.

When asked about his epic knockout victory against Pereira at UFC 287, Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion, responded with his trademark wit, saying, “I bounce off the fence!”

Israel Adesanya

Redemption in the Octagon: Israel Adesanya and his Epic Rise, Pereira’s Fall, and Cejudo’s Return

Pereira had previously defeated Adesanya three times, twice in kickboxing and once in UFC 281 to capture the title. The UFC 287 rematch was Adesanya’s last shot at redemption, and he seized it with unmatched determination and skill. Adesanya (24-2), the former UFC middleweight champion, not only vanquished Pereira, but he also solidified his legacy and left a highlight reel that is sure to be a contender for Knockout of the Year.

The Nigerian-born, in an interview after the fight, vividly recounted the entire walkout to the post-fight celebration, reliving the exhilaration and emotions of his triumphant moment. The victory propelled him to new heights in the MMA pound-for-pound rankings, as he soared from eighth to fourth, surpassing formidable fighters like welterweight champion Leon Edwards and welterweight/middleweight contender Khamzat Chimaev. Adesanya’s meteoric rise in the rankings has been a result of his awe-inspiring performance against Pereira, where he displayed his unmatched striking skills and octagon IQ.

To accommodate Adesanya’s ascent, former welterweight champion Charles Oliveira and former lightweight champion Kamaru Usman also lost a spot each in the rankings. However, the standings are all set to change quite dramatically in May. Especially when former two-division champ Henry Cejudo comes back from retirement to face Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight belt. There is an opportunity for Sterling to make his mark against the legendary Cejudo, who barely missed making the Top 10.

Adesanya’s Triumph: A Legacy Forged in the Octagon, Cejudo’s Return, and the Battle for the Top 10

Adesanya’s victory over his nemesis, Pereira, at UFC 287 was a career-defining juncture that solidified his heritage as one of the greatest fighters in the history of combat sports. His recounting of the walkout to the post-fight celebration reflects the emotional rollercoaster of the moment, showcasing the passion and dedication he brings to the octagon.

As Adesanya continues to climb the ranks, surpassing notable fighters and making his mark in the pound-for-pound rankings, his striking skills and octagon IQ are unmatched. His performance against Pereira was a masterclass in precision and timing, leaving fans and opponents alike in awe of his unparalleled talent.

With the return of Cejudo from retirement and upcoming challenges in the bantamweight division, the rankings are expected to undergo significant changes. Fighters like Sterling have a golden opportunity to make their mark and break into the Top 10, adding further excitement and anticipation to the world of combat sports.

Kushal Shinde

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