‘I know something you don’t’: Israel Adesanya shy in Alex Pereira’s fight as UFC 281 approaches

‘I know something you don’t’: Israel Adesanya shy in Alex Pereira’s fight as UFC 281 approaches

Updated: 19 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes, 48 seconds ago

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Israel Adesanya stated that he ‘knows something you don’t’ ahead of his middleweight title defense against Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya defends his belt against Pereira, who has two kickboxing wins over the Nigerian born in New Zealand, in a main clash on Saturday (12 November).

However, despite his previous defeats to the Brazilian, including a knockout in 2017, Adesanya is confident he will triumph at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“I didn’t stay true to my style,” Adesanya said. MMA time of his knockout loss to Pereira. “I was younger and I was influenced by outside noises and I didn’t stay true to my style.

“I know myself. When I hurt someone… When I’m watching fights I’m like, ‘Why are you headhunting? Why are you headhunting? I was headhunting, I was just using my right hand, that’s the stupidest thing I could have done.

“So I didn’t stay true to my style and that cost me. It bothered me a lot more than a knockout.

“I’m excited for this one for different reasons. I know one thing you don’t… [about me]🇧🇷

Adesanya, 33, has a professional mixed martial arts record of 23-1, while Pereira, 35, has gone 6-1 since his debut in the sport.

Last time, Adesanya bested Jared Cannonier in July, with Pereira knocking out Sean Strickland on the undercard.

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Israel Adesanya stated that he ‘knows something you don’t’ ahead of his middleweight title defense against Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya defends his belt against Pereira, who has two kickboxing wins over the Nigerian born in New Zealand, in a main clash on Saturday (12 November).

However, despite his previous defeats to the Brazilian, including a knockout in 2017, Adesanya is confident he will triumph at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“I didn’t stay true to my style,” Adesanya said. MMA time of his knockout loss to Pereira. “I was younger and I was influenced by outside noises and I didn’t stay true to my style.

“I know myself. When I hurt someone… When I’m watching fights I’m like, ‘Why are you headhunting? Why are you headhunting? I was headhunting, I was just using my right hand, that’s the stupidest thing I could have done.

“So I didn’t stay true to my style and that cost me. It bothered me a lot more than a knockout.

“I’m excited for this one for different reasons. I know one thing you don’t… [about me]🇧🇷

Adesanya, 33, has a professional mixed martial arts record of 23-1, while Pereira, 35, has gone 6-1 since his debut in the sport.

Last time, Adesanya bested Jared Cannonier in July, with Pereira knocking out Sean Strickland on the undercard.

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Israel Adesanya stated that he ‘knows something you don’t’ ahead of his middleweight title defense against Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya defends his belt against Pereira, who has two kickboxing wins over the Nigerian born in New Zealand, in a main clash on Saturday (12 November).

However, despite his previous defeats to the Brazilian, including a knockout in 2017, Adesanya is confident he will triumph at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“I didn’t stay true to my style,” Adesanya said. MMA time of his knockout loss to Pereira. “I was younger and I was influenced by outside noises and I didn’t stay true to my style.

“I know myself. When I hurt someone… When I’m watching fights I’m like, ‘Why are you headhunting? Why are you headhunting? I was headhunting, I was just using my right hand, that’s the stupidest thing I could have done.

“So I didn’t stay true to my style and that cost me. It bothered me a lot more than a knockout.

“I’m excited for this one for different reasons. I know one thing you don’t… [about me]🇧🇷

Adesanya, 33, has a professional mixed martial arts record of 23-1, while Pereira, 35, has gone 6-1 since his debut in the sport.

Last time, Adesanya bested Jared Cannonier in July, with Pereira knocking out Sean Strickland on the undercard.

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Israel Adesanya stated that he ‘knows something you don’t’ ahead of his middleweight title defense against Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya defends his belt against Pereira, who has two kickboxing wins over the Nigerian born in New Zealand, in a main clash on Saturday (12 November).

However, despite his previous defeats to the Brazilian, including a knockout in 2017, Adesanya is confident he will triumph at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“I didn’t stay true to my style,” Adesanya said. MMA time of his knockout loss to Pereira. “I was younger and I was influenced by outside noises and I didn’t stay true to my style.

“I know myself. When I hurt someone… When I’m watching fights I’m like, ‘Why are you headhunting? Why are you headhunting? I was headhunting, I was just using my right hand, that’s the stupidest thing I could have done.

“So I didn’t stay true to my style and that cost me. It bothered me a lot more than a knockout.

“I’m excited for this one for different reasons. I know one thing you don’t… [about me]🇧🇷

Adesanya, 33, has a professional mixed martial arts record of 23-1, while Pereira, 35, has gone 6-1 since his debut in the sport.

Last time, Adesanya bested Jared Cannonier in July, with Pereira knocking out Sean Strickland on the undercard.