Alex Pereira thinks he has an unfinished business with Israel Adesanya.
Periera is known as the only man to have knocked out ‘The Last Stylebender.’ He currently holds a 39-6 win-loss card in his professional kickboxing career, with two of those wins coming at the expense of the Kiwi fighter. As his contract under Glory nears its end, Pereira is eyeing a return to mixed martial arts and wants to square off with Adesanya in another intriguing clash.
“It Wasn’t Luck”
Pereira and Adesanya met twice in the Glory of Heroes. In these two kickboxing bouts, it was the Brazilian who emerged on top. Pereira scored a unanimous decision win in May 2016 in China before eking out a knockout victory in their rematch last year in Brazil.
In an interview with MMA Fighting on Thursday, “Poatan” recalled how their last meeting went down and stressed that the knockout wasn’t pure luck.
“Adesanya kept saying he didn’t lose the first fight, he didn’t accept the loss,” Pereira tells MMA Fighting. “The rematch, the first round was back and forth. The second round, he connected a good hand that rocked me. I was getting beat for two minutes, but my body was resting. Not that I wanted to, he was imposing his will, but my body was resting and he was getting tired. He put a lot of pressure but couldn’t drop me.”
“We went to the third round and he was tired. He was winning the fight, but I told my corners I was going to knock him out. It wasn’t luck, I knew I would knock him out. I moved straight forward and used the straight right and left cross, good weapons I have. It wasn’t luck. It landed on his chin and he couldn’t take it. He had a few rough days after that.”
Stronger Than Adesanya?
Pereira has successfully defended his Glory middleweight belt in three occasions after winning it last October 2017 against Simon Marcus in Guangzhou, China. His contract with the kickboxing promotion will expire on April 2019 and he hopes that he will be released so he can restart a career in MMA.
“I’ve received two offers from big MMA promotions and we’re analyzing them. I want to go to MMA. I don’t know where I’m going, but if Glory doesn’t let me go, I’ll wait until my contract is over.”
Earlier this month, he provided a hint about his MMA return in a cryptic post on Instagram along with the caption: “Stylebender, I’m coming for you.”
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“I’m sure I can do a good job in MMA. I’m not young, of course. To become a complete, well-rounded fighter, it would take me 10 years, but I’m evolving every day I train, and I evolve fast. I’m stronger than (Adesanya). At the weigh-ins, I would tell him ‘if you take me to the ground, I’ll know you’re scared of my hands.’ And I’m no fool on the ground.”
Relive Pereira’s knockout win over Adesanya in the video below:
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Alex Pereira)