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Israel Adesanya can go to WWE after he loses at UFC 287, says Alex Pereira

LockerRoom Team
06 April 2023

Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira will lock horns again at UFC 287 this weekend. Ahead of the fight, Alex Pereira is holding nothing back.

The UFC Middleweight champion noted in an interview that Israel Adesanya now has a place to go after the UFC and WWE merger.

The Brazilian suggested that Adesanya can go to WWE after he potentially loses the UFC 287 main event.

“The WWE is a place for Israel Adesanya, right? Because after this fight, there’s a place for him to go,” Alex Pereira told ESPN.

Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira preview

This is such an exciting fight because, despite trailing going into the final round and requiring a finish to win, Pereira left UFC 281 as the middleweight champion and with a 3-0 overall record over Adesanya in two sports.

For the champion, there must be a sense of accomplishment in accomplishing the goal he set for himself after transitioning to mixed martial arts from an outstanding kickboxing career, as well as the confidence that comes from having triumphed each time he's competed against the charismatic "Stylebender."

For the challenger, the pleasant aspects of their November meeting at Madison Square Garden have undoubtedly been tempered by the outcome, and they've been joined by fleeting musings about whether the huge Brazilian is the final level boss he'll never be able to conquer.

Stylistically, this is still a fascinating cat-and-mouse game between Pereira's more powerful, marauding approach and Adesanya's deft, counter-striking style, who demonstrated in their last meeting that he can sprinkle some grappling into the exchanges to liven things up if needed.

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This isn't one of those rivalries marked by bad blood, verbal warfare, and pre-fight antagonism, but rather by two exceptional talents trying to establish their mastery while competing at the highest level, where each man understands that the next bout is always the most crucial one in the series.

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What do you think of the showdown between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira? Let us know in the comments below.

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