Alex Pereira defeated Israel Adesanya through TKO to change into the brand new UFC undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
The primary occasion of UFC 281 at Madison Sq. Backyard was stopped by referee Mark Goddard in minute 2:01 of the fifth spherical as Adesanya was visibly dazed.
Pereira, 35, linked a handful of consecutive, highly effective strikes to Adesanya’s face, forcing the stoppage by referee.
“I really feel superb, very glad. It was already written. God wished me to be the champion,” Pereira informed Joe Rogan within the postfight interview.
Heading into the competition, Pereira already had two wins over Adesanya in skilled kickboxing, together with a brutal knockout in 2017.
Following an epic bout and a stunning TKO within the closing spherical, it’s probably not going to be the final time these two warriors face every others.
A sluggish begin to the combat noticed Adesanya win the opening spherical after rocking Pereira because the bell rang.
Pereira made Adesanya uncomfortable within the second spherical, preserving him on his heels, connecting a kick to the face and getting a takedown to tie the combat at one body apiece.
Adesanya, 33, took down Pereira in Spherical 3, exhausting the Brazilian fighter with floor and pound from behind.
“The Final Stylebender” was in full management of the combat by way of the fourth spherical, through which each fighters appeared to have saved their vitality for the ultimate 5 minutes.
If it wasn’t for the TKO, Adesanya would have certainly received through unanimous determination, however Pereira proved to be his kryptonite, stealing his title belt and remaining undefeated within the UFC.