This weekend at UFC 287 at the Miami-Dade Arena, Israel Adesanya will face Alex Pereira in an attempt to reclaim his middleweight championship.Adesanya recently attended the Miami Marlins vs. Minnesota Twins MLB regular season event that took place at LoanDepot Park in Miami. Adesanya threw his first MLB fastball and was seen wearing a jersey from the home club.Miami Marlins were beaten by the Minnesota Twins 11-1.
Even though it wasn’t quite a fastball, Adesanya’s projectile connected with its target as opposed to Conor McGregor’s. The first MLB pitch for “The Last Stylebender” elicited a range of responses from MMA aficionados.
Naturally, some mentioned Adesanya’s rivalry with Alex Pereira, who the Kiwi has already fallen to three times in both kickboxing and MMA. ‘Poatan,’ according to fans’ jokes, could outplay Adesanya in baseball.
well.Nevertheless, over the course of his illustrious UFC career, Israel Adesanya has amassed a legion of devoted supporters. As he gets ready for a fourth match against archrival Pereira, “The Last Stylebender” doesn’t lack for fans.
Israel Adesanya admits that UFC 287 will be his “last shot” at Alex Pereira
Israel Adesanya has suffered two defeats to Alex Pereira since their kickboxing days, including a TKO in 2016. However, Pereira continued to dabble in kickboxing for a very long time while “The Last Stylebender” moved on to create his own legacy in the UFC.
Pereira joined the UFC in 2021 and went 3-0 to earn a title chance against the Kiwi a year later after being inspired by a dismissive interview from Adesanya. The middleweight championship was up for grabs at UFC 281 in November when “Poatan” earned an unexpected TKO in the final round to defeat “The Last Stylebender” who was cruising to a decision victory over Pereira.
At UFC 287, Adesanya will take on a foe who has proven to be his kryptonite in an effort to reclaim his championship. The former UFC king recently acknowledged that this is probably his final opportunity to vanquish his career’s bogeyman:
“I like it because it places the entire burden on me and because it’s somewhat poetic. Play the rolls with one life. Since this is my final opportunity, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.