• Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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Pereira rules out trilogy fight with Adesanya


Current undisputed light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira has ruled out a potential trilogy fight with Israel Adesanya in the future.

Pereira is slated to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 300 in April, taking on Jamahal Hill in the monstrous event’s headlining clash.

Adesanya, the Nigerian-Kiwi striker claimed he had agreed to fight for middleweight gold once again in a grudge fight against newly-minted champion, Dricus du Plessis at the same event in a headliner, until the latter allegedly turned the bout down.

And claiming if a fan-anticipated third fight with City Kickboxing staple, Adesanya continues to allude to him in the future, Pereira revealed he would love the chance to train with his former foe – claiming a future clash appears dead and buried currently.

“I really wanted to fight Israel Adesanya again, but I honestly think it’s over now,” Alex Pereira told MMA Fighting.

“I don’t know. I think it’s over. I’ve tried [to offer him a third fight]. It was my belt [at light heavyweight] on the line. I came to the UFC and did three fights to get to the belt and it was a huge risk for me, it was hard.”

“Since I wanted to do this rubber match so much, Adesanya and I – and if he were to move up to light heavyweight, and maybe people said he had to fight once before fighting for my belt, I wouldn’t want that because there’s a risk of him losing. How am I going to fight a guy that has lost? No, come straight [at me]. But he showed no interest, so I kind of let it go.”

Pereira landed the middleweight crown in 2022 with a stunning fifth-round TKO win over Adesanya before he was stopped with a brutal second-round KO last April in the pair’s immediate championship rematch.