Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya with 23 wins and a pair of losses up to now has misplaced his UFC Middleweight title after he was defeated by Brazilian Alex Pereira by way of a fifth-round TKO at UFC 281.
The previous champion, driving on a 12-fight successful streak, was in need of equaling the file for the longest successful streak in UFC middleweight historical past (13) held by the legend, Anderson Silva, earlier than he was halted by the Brazilian knockout artist.
This marks the primary time Adesanya has been defeated at middleweight and the primary time he has been completed (knocked out or submitted) in his MMA profession.
Recognizing inexperienced trunks representing the Nigerian colors, Israel Adesanya began the combat nicely and acquired Pereira staggered however the Brazilian was saved by the top of the spherical buzzer.
Adesanya began the second spherical nicely with a number of leg kicks however Pereira was in a position to take them earlier than touchdown a takedown which roughly sealed the second spherical for him.
The Final Stylebender got here into the third spherical smoking and was in a position to safe a takedown proper in the midst of the spherical, the primary of his storied MMA profession. Mixed with in depth floor management time, Adesanya simply took the third spherical.
Pereira got here into the fourth spherical fatigued which enabled Adesanya to land numerous strikes, initiating clinches and usually inflicting all types of issues for his challenger.
However within the fifth spherical, buoyed by his nook to go all out for the kill, Pereira walked Adesanya down and landed his signature left hook which staggered the previous champion.
From then it was all Pereira as he offloaded on the Nigerian till the referee intervened handy Pereira the TKO.
With Kamaru Usman already shedding his welterweight title to Leon Edwards again in August, Adesanya’s loss means Nigeria which began the 12 months with two undisputed UFC champions, will end the 12 months with none.
The previous champ might invoke a right away rematch if he needs and it stays to be seen if he goes for it.