UFC 281 On ESPN+ PPV [11/12 @ 10 pm ET] “The Big Payback…Revenge” (Israel Adesanya/Alex Pereira)

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because he could've ended if he took the time to add any kind of real finishing skills on the ground, like others have said he's been in the UFC for 3 years...

Pereira couldn't do shyt down there and Izzy didn't know how to finish him, that's gonna haunt him.

Outside of the end of the 1st round, Izzy didn't really put him in the danger zone with his striking, just isn't strong enough, he can't just expect everyone to let him dash around and play the point game, SOMEONE is gonna know how to cut off the cage and have enough reach to hit him. Gotta have other ways to win


know this guy Alex has one hit KO power, he shouldn't have let it get to that scenario where Pereira is cornering you against he cage in the 5th
Israel was piecing up Pereira rd 1. Did we’ll round 2 but lost, wrestled rd 3 and won and was again beating up Perira rd 4.

Its crazy what I’m seeing. People are pretending like Izzy was never that good wtf


Adyesana is a purple belt I think under Andre Galvao. You guys are acting like anyone can just take a big strong dude like Alex and just submit him. Israel did the right thing and maintained position and won the round.
 

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Breh also said he has medical issues he's been putting on the back burner, mentioned the saggy nipple issue, and compared it to people making fun of Chadwick Boseman when he was looking off but silently suffering.

Not a single follow-up question was asked :jbhmm:
That was weird as fk. Major UFC star hints he might be dealing with serious medical issues behind the scene and they were just like "So when do you want the rematch?"
 

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Just rewatched the fight. Izzys leg was definitely compromised. Couldn't circle off the cage. Even tripped over his own foot in the 5th. Those early leg kicks definitely paid off for Alex.
 

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Israel was winning the fight :gucci:

Whats all this he fought like a dumbass talk? He got caught at the end

He fought like a dumbass because Perriera had the most success when Izzy was backed up against the cage yet Izzy kept positioning himself there. Getting caught implies it was a lucky shot and not what it is which was a pattern.
 

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He fought like a dumbass because Perriera had the most success when Izzy was backed up against the cage yet Izzy kept positioning himself there. Getting caught implies it was a lucky shot and not what it is which was a pattern.

Perriera is bigger and stronger, he forced Izzy into that position. Izzy's calf was compromised from early on and also shortly after he did the rollback. Izzy gave credits to Alex for checking those kicks.

It must be noted that Perriera was close to 30 lb heaver after the weight in. Perriera comes from the light heavyweight division as a kickboxer. So was his first MMA fight, which he lost. Dane stated that Alex is like a heavyweight when he's not in the train camp.

Perriera must have been, let me do cutting in MMA as I did with kickboxing and win all them matches. I think the next generation of fighters are going to be like Perriera, cutting down on weight for the fight and naturally being in a higher weight. He's actually a heavy light heavyweight.

UFC Weight ClassMinimum WeightMaximum Weight
Heavyweight205 lb (93 kg)265 lb (120 kg)
Light Heavyweight185 lb (83.9 kg)205 lb (93 kg)
Middleweight170 lb (77.1 kg)185 lb (83.9 kg)
Welterweight155 lb (70.3 kg)170 lb (77.1 kg)
Lightweight145 lb (65.8 kg)155 lb (70.3 kg)
Featherweight135 lb (61.2 kg)145 lb (65.8 kg)
Bantamweight125 lb (56.7 kg)135 lb (61.2 kg)
Flyweight115 lb (52.2 kg)125 lb (56.7kg)



Alex Pereria has piled on almost 30lb in a little over 24 hours ahead of his UFC title fight against Israel Adesanya tonight.


Israel Adesanya's fight with Alex Pereira is official after the challenger made weight just five minutes before the deadline after a gruelling cut from 232lb.

The champion Adesanya arrived on the scales at 185lb early in today's official weigh-in, but Pereira struggled to get down to 184.6lb after ballooning to well into heavyweight territory as recently as August. He shared a photo to social media showing himself on the scales at 105.6kg, which is just under 233lb, which is more than three stone over the middleweight limit.
 
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Izzy had the fight tho, boy exposed himself and either got to cute with in his own style or literally Alex was in his head. Maybe a mixture of both. Yeah I like Izzy but let’s be honest anyone bigger than him beats him cause he can’t handle power and Jones would have crushed him. I would like to see Usman go up in weight and try to fight Alex now since he thinks he can fight at 205.
Considering Usman's age and the already damages he has to his body it's not an option to fight someone like Perriera who came from the light heavyweight. Basically that's a difference in two weight classes. Alex did a cut for for the weight in again Izzy, but gained 13 pounds when he fought him. So most likely Alex was loosing water.
 

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Dana was made into a 5 dollar Indian?

I like how Alex showed off his Tupi-Guarani roots.

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Man it’s crazy Usman and Izzy lost this year but that’s the one thing as a pugilist fan , the element of surprise in UFC is unmatched.

Both guys should be the favorites if we get rematches but Pereira already had the mental edge over Adensanya’s, now he owns his soul.
 

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Man it’s crazy Usman and Izzy lost this year but that’s the one thing as a pugilist fan , the element of surprise in UFC is unmatched.

Both guys should be the favorites if we get rematches but Pereira already had the mental edge over Adensanya’s, now he owns his soul.

MMA is mostly unknown in Africa, Nigeria. Both Usman and Izzy said that there are better fighters in Nigeria.

Francis said that there's other guys in Cameroon a strong as him (and perhaps stronger). Francis did open a MMA school in Cameroon, so there's some up and coming talent in the making.

 
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Man it’s crazy Usman and Izzy lost this year but that’s the one thing as a pugilist fan , the element of surprise in UFC is unmatched.

Both guys should be the favorites if we get rematches but Pereira already had the mental edge over Adensanya’s, now he owns his soul.

Don't mention that New Zealander in the same breath as the Nigerian GOAT :ufdup:
 
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