Alex Pereira defeated Nigerian Israel Adesanya by knockout in the fifth and final round to claim the company's middleweight title
< /i> Pereira knocked out his rival and kept the belt
Finally, after three successful belt defenses, Nigerian fighter Israel Adesanya lost the middleweight world title after being knocked out by Brazilian Alex Pereira in the main event at UFC 281.< /b>
The 35-year-old South American introduced himself asthe fourth challenger behind other weight names but still put on a show at the mythical venue located in Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Sao Paulo native managed to strike at exactly the right time and clinch the final knockout with a hail of fists before the referee stopped the bout.
The referee stopped the match (Usa Today Sports)
Both put on a great show for the spectators and the physical wear and tear they put on was noticeable as the rounds progressed. Finally, it was in the fifth, and with three minutes to go, when the Brazilian was able to win.
In the images it was possible to see the exact moment in which Adesanya , the second best Pound for Pound, dropped his guard after receiving a first right to the face. Seeing that his rival had stumbled, Pereira pounced on him to finish it off. Referee Marc Goddard had to intercede to stop the fight when he saw that the Nigerian could no longer defend himself.
With this victory Alex Pereira became the new champion of the middleweight class despite having a short history within the company. In total he played four fights in the UFC and won three by knockout. In total he accumulates 7 victories and one defeat in his career in mixed martial arts.
Pereira retained the middleweight belt (USA Today Sports)
Adesanya, meanwhile, reached the Octagon to make his fourth consecutive defense after having defeated Marvin Vettori, Robert Whittaker and Cannonier on the road, all by unanimous decision.
Although he has 23 wins, with this loss, the African accumulates the second in his career, the previous one being in March 2021 against Jan Blachowic.
It should be remembered that on the same evening, but in the preliminary fights, the Argentine fighter appeared < b>Silvana Gomez Juarez. La Tucumana lost by decision of the judges after starring in three rounds of a lot of action. With this fall, she added her third inside the most important company in the world.