Israel Adesanya shook the UFC world on April 8, 2023. It might even go down as one of the greatest moments in UFC history.
Adesanya reclaimed his Middleweight title from Alex Pereira, a man who has beaten Adesanya three times and the only fighter to knock out Adesanya in his long combat-fighting career (and twice, at that).
This time, Adesanya was the one handing out a KO.
Adesanya came into UFC 287 as a slight favorite, but he also went into this fight with revenge on his mind and a unique tactic to defeat his nemesis.
Let’s weigh in on the details.
Before we do, I have to revel a little in my correct prediction-making:
“But if you ask me, I’d say Adesanya returns with a vengeance. If he’s the athlete we all think he is, he’s working twice as hard, twice as much, and twice as smart. He doesn’t want to be defeated again, and he wants nothing more than to get his title back.”