Adesanya has lost the middleweight Championship, In the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 281, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, Israel Adesanya of Nigeria was defeated by Alex Pereira and forfeited his middleweight title.
Adesanya has lost the middleweight Championship, Pereira finally woman after losing two kickboxing matches to the Brazilian in 2016 and 2017, the 33-year-old Nigerian sought retribution.
Before the final exchange, when Pereira started throwing punches while Adesanya was pinned against the cage, Adesanya had been dominating the fight.
On November 12, 2022 in New York City, Alex Pereira challenges Israel Adesanya in their Middleweight match at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden.
After a barrage of left hooks and right punches, referee Marc Goddard intervened to put an end to it.
On the scorecards of the three judges going into the fifth round, Adesanya led 39-37.
In just his ninth MMA match as a professional, Pereira wins the middleweight title.
With only one more victory than Anderson Silva’s division record, middleweight Adesanya’s 12-fight winning streak was ended with his defeat.
During the action-packed UFC 281 fight, Alex Pereira kicks Israel Adesanya in the first round.
Adesanya has lost the middleweight Championship.
I feel so amazing, I’ve trained all my life, I worked so hard for this, he exclaimed.
In only his eighth professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, Pereira overcame a deficit on the judges’ scorecards to defeat Adesanya, who had held the title for around three and a half years.
With Kamara Usman losing his Welterweight title in August despite also being ahead on the scoresheets, Nigeria has had a terrible year in the UFC.
In front of a raucous Garden crowd, Pereira capped his quick ascent to the title by tagging Adesanya with a devastating right that pushed the champion into the cage and then hooking him.
When combatant Adesanya, who was born in Nigeria and raised in New Zealand, collapsed against the cage, referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight at 2:01 in the fifth round.
The outcome puts an end to Adesanya’s tenure as champion after six successful defenses and will probably prompt a rematch soon.