Israel Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight belt to Brazil’s Alex Pereira after a knockout defeat in the UFC281 main event held at the Madison Square Garden, United States, in the earlier hours of Sunday.
Pereira had defeated Adesanya via a knockout win during their days in kickboxing. The Last Stylebender was determined to get his revenge before the fight.
Adesanya, who dominated the three rounds out of the previous four rounds, blew it away with just two minutes remaining by allowing the Brazilian to pin him beside the rope, and out of nowhere, the Brazilian landed several combos on the Last Stylebender.
Unable to regain his stand, the referee stopped the fight, allowing Pereira to cruise to a TKO victory and become the new UFC middleweight champion.
This is Adesanya’s first loss at middleweight in the UFC, while this is now his second loss in UFC, having lost to Jan Blachowicz in a bid for the light heavyweight title.