Israel Adesanya looks to reclaim his UFC middleweight championship and score an elusive win over Alex Pereira at UFC 287. Pereira defends his newly won middleweight title against Adesanya, someone he beat three times in combat sports, in Miami on Saturday, April 8.
Pereira and Adesanya fight for the second time in mixed martial arts in addition to two previous kickboxing fights. Pereira is a combined 3-0 against his rival, twice by come-from-behind knockout and once by a disputed decision. Pereira stopped Adesanya in November and further cemented himself as the only person to ever KO Adesanya in MMA or kickboxing. Despite Pereira’s irrefutable success, Adesanya sits as a slight favorite on the strength of his well-roundedness and strong showings in the totality of their three fights.
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