Israel Adesanya claims Grade 1 MCL tear didn’t stop him from winning Alex Pereira UFC 287 bout

Israel Adesanya delivered a splendid performance in his last fight as he knocked out his arch-rival Alex Pereira in the second round to reclaim his middleweight title in the main event of UFC 287. The Last Stylebender finally managed to somewhat avenge his three losses with this win and created history as he became the first fighter to win the middleweight title twice.

Following his win, Adesanya has started a new YouTube series. A few days ago Izzy posted the first episode of his podcast Ramble, young man Rumble on his channel. In this video, Israel Adesanya discussed several topics from his preparation for his rematch against Poatan to the breakdown of the fight.

During one of the segments, The Last Stylebender and his brother David Adesanya made a stunning revelation that the UFC middleweight suffered a Grade one MCL tear just one week prior to the fight week. While training, his grappling partner took him down and he fell backwards in an uncomfortable position.

Thereafter Izzy was screaming in agony and the video Adesanya explains how he felt during that moment. “I remember the feeling as well. It’s like hot like a burning feeling.”

Israel Adesanya explains how he overcame his leg injury ahead of his UFC 287 title fight

While having a conversation with his brother David, Israel Adesanya said that he didn’t want to pull out from the rematch against Alex Pereira. Thereafter David asked Izzy how he managed to overcome his leg injury just 13 days before the fight.

‘The Last Stylebender’ revealed he faced a similar situation ahead of his UFC debut and that injury was worse than the one he suffered recently. “I’ve been here before my UFC debut, three weeks out, I did my right ankle.if you can’t change your circumstance you change your perspective. So I was like this has happened. This is meant to happen.”

“I’ll overcome this so the comeback of getting from then to the cage was like a big win for me. But after that I was like if I can get through that and get to the cage this fight I can get through it,” he further added.

It was quite surprising to see Izzy taking the risk and fighting Alex Pereira with an injury. In the end, this brave move seems to have worked as he regained the middleweight title. Now Adesanya’s sights will likely be on the Whittaker vs Du Plessis fight as the winner is scheduled to challenge him next.


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