Fans have taken to social media to discuss the fact Alex Pereira stopped Israel Adesanya via TKO after 2 minutes and 1 second in the fifth round of Saturday night’s main event.
Pereira and Adesanya went head-to-head at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening. Adesanya was looking to make his sixth title defence.
However, Pereira won the UFC middleweight title in just his fourth fight with the promotion and stopped Adesanya for a second time after previously defeating him in a kickboxing match.
Fans have taken to social media to discuss the fact Alex Pereira stopped Israel Adesanya
Pereira stopped Adesanya via TKO after 2 minutes and 1 second in the fifth round on Saturday
Fans took to social media to discuss the fight. Some criticised the early stoppage, while others felt it was the right decision.
One person wrote: ‘Early stoppage? LOL. There was over two minutes left in the round. Adesanya would have been KO’d flat on his back if it wasn’t stopped.’
Another added: ‘All these dumb excuses. Adesanya lost! Period! Do you want him to be murdered by not having it stopped? Will that help you guys accept Adesanya losing?’.
While one said: ‘Bro can you even imagine. You lose to this dude in one sport, decide to switch sports, become the best in that sport, and then that same f***ing dude comes along in A WHOLE OTHER SPORT AND BEATS YOU AGAIN. Pereira is gonna haunt this man’s dreams.’
Some fans felt Adesanya’s change in tactics lost him the fight. They said: ‘Adesanya changed his technique/defense on the fifth and it cost him the title You can’t go pound for pound with Pereira.’
Another added: ‘Complacency Kills Adesanya had no business hanging around the fence!’.
While one fan said: ‘He is fighting like he is scared to lose his title then actually fighting to be the best fighter his head is somewhere second time I’ve seen him like this’.
Others wrote: ‘Alex was looking for the right all night. Threw it plenty, but couldn’t land it. Until he did. Adesanya gave him too many rounds. Perreira is a bad man.’
‘I honestly feel like a life stress has been lifted off my back after watching Adesanya get KO’d. Gonna sleep good tonight.’
Then finally: ‘Alex is a live reincarnation of Israel Adesanya’s demons. No guy should have the power to haunt another guy like this.’