UFC star Chris Curtis claims Israel Adesanya will risk it all to win against Alex Pereira at UFC 287

When it comes to the fourth fight between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya. Throughout the legendary rivalry, Alex Pereira has emerged victorious every time, defeating Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing and once in MMA. Chris Curtis has provided some intriguing perspectives on the UFC 287 main event.

In their most recent encounter at UFC 281 in November. Pereira claimed the UFC Middleweight Championship by stopping Adesanya with a flurry of strikes in the very last round. Ending the latter’s long-standing reign as champion.

Israel Adesanya’s track record against Alex Pereira stands at 0-3. With the upcoming rematch at UFC 287 potentially being his final opportunity for redemption.

Chris Curtis
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 04: (R-L) Chris Curtis punches Brendan Allen in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 04, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Chris acknowledges that Pereira has been dominant in their previous encounters. He still has conflicting thoughts when it comes to predicting the outcome of their upcoming matchup.

On one hand, Chris recognizes Pereira’s superiority and believes that logic dictates he should back the Brazilian fighter. However, on the other hand, Curtis’ emotional attachment to Adesanya makes it difficult for him to bet against the former champion.

With such a high-stakes fight on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether Adesanya can finally overcome his rival, or if Pereira will continue his undefeated streak against the Kiwi fighter.

Chris Curtis is vying for Israel

“This man has created his own boogeyman. Pereira said he only came to MMA because Izzy said like, he’ll be forgotten, nobody cares about him. So, he followed him. I’m like, this guy took your life in kickboxing. You left to make a new life and he followed you out of spite. Now I kind of feel for Izzy like he has to win this fight.”

According to Chris, if Israel Adesanya suffers another defeat in his upcoming rematch against the formidable Alex Pereira, then his career could be in jeopardy.

Curtis believes that Pereira is like a living horror movie for Adesanya and that facing him again would only serve to motivate the former champion even further to secure a victory.

With so much at stake in this highly anticipated rematch, Chris is eagerly awaiting the outcome of what promises to be an intense and thrilling fight.

“If he doesn’t win this fight— he’s the anime guy too, I am too. So, I’m thinking like the only thing left to do is either throw yourself off of a cliff or you like sacrifice, you go find a ‘Cthulhu Eldritch’ abomination, you make sacrifices and you like ruin the world out of spite, Curtis continued. So, Izzy has to win for our sakes cause that dude is gonna be at the end of his rope.”

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