Since debuting in 2018, Israel Adesanya, Nigerian-born New Zealand mixed Martial Artist (MMA), has had one of the fastest rises in UFC history by storming over the middleweight division.
With his bags of charisma and flashy fighting style, Adesanya quickly became one of the sport’s most entertaining stars to watch.
Adesanya lost the middleweight title to Alex Pereira via technical knockout at UFC 281 in 2022 and has since then sorted means to reclaim his title.
The Last Stylebender as he is popularly known is set to make his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon on Saturday, April 8.
Waiting for him when he steps back into the cage will be Alex Pereira, the man that took away his middleweight title in a shocking style in November last year.
Following their championship match at UFC 281 last year, Adesanya and Pereira will go to war for a second time inside the fabled Octagon in April. However, it will actually be the pair’s fourth showdown in combat sport after two previous matchups in kickboxing. All three bouts were won by the Brazilian, with two coming by knockout.
The Saturday match which will happen inside Kaseya Center — Miami, will certainly go down as one of Adesanya’s most anticipated fights.
The young fighter remains one of the very best fighters of his generation, however, the idea that Pereira owns real estate in his head and has put three Ls in his loss column has changed his legacy in the martial fight game.
News About Nigeria understands that should Adesanya fail to win the fight, it will change his place in MMA history. His loss in November had already put a black mark on his legacy.
A fourth defeat to his greatest rival is alleged to forever place him outside the GOAT conversation.