Home » UFC 287 results: Israel Adesanya KNOCKS OUT Alex Pereira to reclaim middleweight title and finally get one over rival

ISRAEL ADESANYA reclaimed the UFC middleweight title with a brutal knockout victory over bitter rival Alex Pereira.

The Nigerian-born New Zealander renewed his rivalry with the former Glory double champ on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 287 in Miami.

Israel Adesanya renewed his rivalry with Alex Pereira in the main event ofc UFC 287


Israel Adesanya renewed his rivalry with Alex Pereira in the main event ofc UFC 287Credit: AP

Adesanya went into the contest looking to claim his win over the Brazilan at the fourth time of asking following a last-gasp defeat in their clash last November

And he finally got one of Poatan thanks to a win vicious second-round knockout.

Adesanya relinquished the centre of the octagon to his old rival, who opened up with an outside leg kick, early doors.

The Nigerian-born Kiwi was calm in the face of the overwhelming danger from the iron-fisted Pereira.

Both men stared stoically into one another’s eyes as they jostled for octagon dominance and traded calf kicks.

Unlike their first fight, Adesanya had difficulty closing the distance and landing his right hand.

But he has success with multiple body kicks, although he continued to eat low calf kicks.

Pereira came close to decapitating the former champion with right head kick moments before a left hand whizzed past his chin before the horn.

Pereira exuded confidence in early in the second and began to walk down the former champion.

Adesanya, however, didn’t wilt under the pressure – nor did his legs buckle after eating a big left hook.

Pereira continued to chew up the lead legs of Adesanya from both stances.

Adesanya, however, was undeterred and continued to come forward as he tried to find a home for his body kicks.

Adesanya’s right leg buckled in the final minute due to more vicious calf kicks, which forced him to retreat to the fence.

The 33-year-old began to cover up as he ate a barrage of shots.

But he rocked the champ with a beautiful and legacy-defining counter overhand right.

Pereira was on wobbly legs and couldn’t escape the follow-up right-hand-left hook combo which felled him.

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Academic ground and pound closed the show and kickstarted The Last Stylebender’s second reign as middleweight king.

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