Israel Adesanya, the former UFC middleweight champion, is gearing up for a long-awaited rematch against Alex Pereira at UFC 287 on April 8th. Adesanya, who lost to Pereira in UFC 281, is seeking redemption and a chance to reclaim the middleweight title.
In addition to his title aspirations, Adesanya is also aiming to earn his first win over Pereira in combat sports. The two fighters had previously squared off twice in Glory Kickboxing, with Pereira coming out on top on both occasions.
With so much on the line, Adesanya is taking a no-nonsense approach to his preparation for the fight. In a recent behind-the-scenes segment on his YouTube channel, Adesanya spoke about his mindset heading into the fight.
Adesanya’s loss to Pereira was his first defeat in his middleweight career. Prior to that, he had successfully defended the middleweight title five times and was widely considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
A second loss to Pereira would likely put Adesanya out of the middleweight title picture and jeopardize his relevance in the sport. As a result, he is approaching the fight with the same hunger and determination that he had at the beginning of his career when he was fighting to establish himself.
The rematch between Adesanya and Pereira is expected to be one of the most exciting fights of the year. Both fighters are known for their striking ability and have a history of putting on thrilling performances.
With Adesanya’s legacy and future in the sport on the line, fans can expect nothing less than an all-out war when the two fighters step into the octagon on April 8th.