Alex Pereira swears his fight with Israel Adesanya will be a ‘better show’ after lackluster UFC 276 main event
Alex Pereira was like most of us watching the main event of UFC 276: disappointed.
Saturday’s headliner saw Israel Adesanya successfully defend his middleweight title once again with a clear but criticized unanimous decision win over Jared Cannonier. In contrast, Pereira lit up the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas two fights earlier with an explosive knockout of Sean Strickland.
After the main event, Adesanya called for a fight with Pereira, his former kickboxing rival, and Pereira promises their title fight will be a lot more crowd-pleasing.
“He did his part, but it was a fight that not only didn’t excite me but also didn’t excite the crowd,” Pereira said via a Portuguese translator at the press conference. the evening’s post-fight when asked to comment on the main event. “I was very sad to see that so hopefully when we fight he puts up a better fight than that. But for sure, I will make him fight to give a better show to the crowd.
When it comes to MMA, Pereira’s experience is limited, although he is now 3-0 in the UFC and two of those wins have come by knockout. Pereira is a star in the kickboxing world, having won titles in two divisions for the Glory promotion and beating Adesanya twice.
Ever since Pereira made his UFC debut in November 2021, many have assumed it was with the intention of setting up a third fight with Adesanya. “Poatan” is now ready to sign for this opportunity as soon as possible.
“Whenever he’s ready, I just finished my fight, I’m fine,” Pereira said. “So I can start training tomorrow. I’m going to take two weeks to enjoy my life a bit, but whenever he thinks he’s ready to go, I’m fine.
Pereira is aware there will always be doubts about his contender’s viability given his lack of MMA fights, but he’s confident he made enough of a statement at UFC 276 to win over the fan base.
“A lot of people are talking, especially the fighters, they think they have a chance on me, so it feels good to prove it because at the end of the day, that’s what people want,” said Pereira. “People want to see knockouts. People want to see the style I’m fighting. People want to see whoever’s in front of me get knocked out and that’s what I bring to them.