UFC President Dana White has suggested that there could be a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.
Pereira secured an impressive win at Madison Square Garden to claim the UFC middleweight title.
Although Pereira is now leading 3-0 in the lifetime series, White indicated that another fight could follow.
Dana White suggested there could be a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira
Pereira showed great determination as he managed to get the better of Adesanya at UFC 281
As reported by MMA Junkie, White said: ‘(Adesanya) wanted this fight. A lot of people talk publicly and it’s a whole different story behind the scenes. That guy is an absolute stud. He always wants to stay active.
‘In a fight that most guys would stall, ‘Give me more time. Give me this, that,’ he dove right into this fight. His only loss was when he tried to move up in weight to 205. You’ve got to respect him as champ and what he’s done… I wouldn’t rule (an immediate rematch) out.’
Adesanya caused problems for Pereira but it was the latter who ended up prevailing
Adesanya was on the back foot early on but badly wobbled Pereira at the end of the first round.
Pereira eventually managed to regain his composure and caused problems for Adesanya in the second round.
Adesanya dominated in the third round, and he also demonstrated his experience and intelligence in the fourth round.
In the final round Adesanya hurt himself while checking a kick and Pereira seized his opportunity, unleashing a barrage of blows and eventually prevailing.