Alex Pereira’s victory over Israel Adesanya has been under scrutiny since the Nigerian-New Zealand fighter thought the referee Marc Goddard’s error cost him the fight. Adesanya believes that he should have given him more time to get out of danger against Pereira at UFC 281 this last Saturday. But ‘Po Atan,’ disagreed with the Stylebender’s excuse.
In the final round of the fight, Pereira moved forward and connected with an incredible left hook with a flurry of punches which stunned Adesanya. Po’Atan didn’t hold back, and Goddard decided to step in and stop the fight. The ex-champion protested immediately, as he never went down and would have preferred to go out completely.
Put in a recent Instagram post, Pereira expressed that Adesanya should not make any excuses about his loss and should rather thank him for saving his life. The Brazilian talked about how the Champion was done for the evening and if the fight continued he can’t imagine what would have happened to him.
He said, “Adesanya stop making excuses saying that the referee stopped the fight early… you have to thank him for saving your life. The way you were with your head down looking at the ground, I only needed one or two more hits to connect a good knee to your face so we wouldn’t know the outcome.”
Po’Atan further stated that he should acknowledge the mistake and move ahead. He also expressed that Adesanya would have another chance for the belt. He said, “As I said at that point in the video, you were a great opponent and I respect you for that. Assume the mistakes along with your team without taking away my merits. You will have one more chance! You’re next!”
Talking about Alex Pereira’s next possible opponent, Khamzat Chimaev wants to fight the UFC's newly crowned middleweight champion. Chimaev told ESPN that he has asked UFC for a middleweight title fight against Pereira at UFC 283 on January 21 in Rio de Janeiro. He further assured the promotion he would then come back two months later to fight Colby Covington in March.