Speaking at a recent press conference for UFC 276, Israel Adesanya was asked about facing his former kickboxing rival. The middleweight champion expects to face him very soon.
“I look forward to either one of those fights. I don’t like this narrative of like, ‘Oh it’s too quick for [Alex Pereira].’ But look, Jiri [Prochazka] just fought for the belt and won the belt in his third fight in the UFC. I think Anderson [Silva] did it in the second fight. So that’s fine, he’s new to MMA. I’ve been in this game for a long time,” Adesanya told reporters ahead of his middleweight title defense against Jared Cannonier (h/t Sportskeeda).
Israel Adesanya finished by giving a brutal warning to Alex Pereria since it seems the two will eventually face off in MMA. He can't wait to finally face him in the UFC where he'll be able to use the smaller gloves to let him feel his power.
“This TikTok generation has 15-second memory so they forget. All they see is the knockout, but they didn’t watch the first fight or even watch the second fight before the finish. This is not kickboxing, this is mixed martial arts. And these ain’t big pillow gloves; these are four-ounce deadly weapons and I can’t wait to drive that to his face after I go through Jared Cannonier.”