At UFC 28, Israel Adesanya will be the opponent for Alex Pereira’s debut championship defence. The middleweight king recently made it known that he has no desire to compete against Khamzat Chimaev in the future.I’m clearly concentrating on Israel this week, but also bring up [Robert] Whittaker and Paulo Costa. They want to battle me, I know that. They never showed contempt. They never lost their cool, but Chimaev is the sort of person who often speaks too much and seems a little lost.
Added Alex Pereira
He declared that he wished to challenge me at this weight class shortly after my most recent match. He is aware that everyone is hurt, and it happened immediately after the battle. I challenged him to a battle at 205 pounds because I couldn’t make that weight. He backed away. To be completely honest, I don’t even want to bring up Chimaev if Whittaker or Paulo Costa are the opponents and the organisation wants to match us up for a battle.Since failing to make weight at UFC 279 over six months ago, Khamzat Chimaev has not competed. Since his last performance in the octagon, “Borz” has called out several well-known competitors in the welterweight and middleweight weight classes.
Alex Pereira’s first title defense: Israel Adesanya explains why he remains confident
Israel Adesanya has been defeated by Alex Pereira three times: twice in kickboxing and once in mixed martial arts. Before UFC 287, the former middleweight king admitted on DC & RC that the defeats had not diminished his self-assurance, saying: “Fk all the bullst. F**k the supporters, the reporters, and everything else, we both know. We both understand what I can do to him. He can harm me, and I know that. I have always prevailed over him in our battles up until that point. If he had simply pummelling my ass from bell to bell, for example, then screw it. It hasn’t actually happened. Until he discovers a way to prevail, I always win and I always dominate him.
Adesanya stated that he looks forward to the task and will perform well against his opponent. For the first contest in nearly four years, “The Last Stylebender” will fight inside the middleweight division.