‘Styles don’t match’ Alex Pereira reveals why he believes Israel Adesaya will never beat him

Alex Pereira holds a record of 33 wins out of his 40 kickboxing appearances, and 7 wins out of his 8 professional appearances. The Brazilian fighter lost his only MMA bout against Quemuel Ottoni in his professional MMA debut at Jungle Fight 82 on October 24, 2015.

The former number-one fighter in kickboxing has created massive chaos in the UFC arena. In his last fight, the main event of UFC 281, Poatan secured a TKO victory over the New Zealander Israel Adesanya, which earned him the UFC middleweight title.

The Pereira vs. Adesanya fight drew huge attention as they had already faced off twice in kickboxing, where “Last Stylebender” lost both fights. So it was their third face-off, but again, the Nigerian-born failed to avenge his previous defeats and defend the UFC middleweight title.

Recently, Poatan spoke about his amateur kickboxing career, in which he fought 28 times and won 25 times but lost three times to the same guy, and he considers that the reason for those three defeats was not matching the styles of Pereira and the unknown fighter.

“I’m going to say something that I’ve never told anyone. I have 28 fights in amateur. I won 25 of them by knockout. I lost three fights. three times to the same guy. In amateur, three fights. I don’t understand why. But now I do. The styles don’t match.”


Giving an example of his career, Poatan wants Adesanya to accept the fact that he will never be able to defeat the Brazilian. 

“The guy has stopped fighting. If I fought him again today, I think I’d lose again. Even though he’s done fighting, if I fought him, I would lose. If I fought him 10 times, I’ll lose. Adesanya needs to get that the same way Whittaker did. He just doesn’t accept it.”

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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