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Israel Adesanya gets redemption fight against Alex Pereira for UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden

Israel Adesanya will get the possibility to precise revenge on long-time rival Alex Pereira with the duo booked to headline UFC 281 at Madison Sq. Backyard.

The struggle is scheduled for November 12 on the well-known New York venue with the middleweight title on the road.

Adesanya (23-1) and Pereira (6-1) have by no means fought an MMA bout beforehand however twice have squared off in kickboxing, with the Brazilian profitable each contests.

Pereira defeated Adesanya by choice in April 2016 earlier than knocking out the Nigerian-born New Zealander in March 2017.

Since then, Adesanya has developed into one in all MMA’s greatest fighters, whereas Pereira impressed at UFC 276 with a vicious knockout of Sean Strickland.

Adesanya has defended the middleweight on 5 events, with the final coming throughout a unanimous choice win in opposition to Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

Earlier this month, with a struggle between the 2 within the pipeline, Pereira spoke concerning the common trash discuss coming from Adesanya, together with one particular reference to the transfer Frozen.

“Generally I see [Adesanya] doing cartoon stuff that, to me, doesn’t make any sense, as a result of I don’t even know who Frozen is,” Pereira, who would not communicate English, stated to MMA Preventing.

“I’m not being smug, I’m not being ignorant — I simply didn’t even know up till that time who Frozen was. If you happen to’re going to freeze me, I suppose it’s associated to ice? I don’t know. I wasn’t getting it.

“First, I don’t communicate English. And even when I did, the look on my face could be the identical, as a result of he stated he would make [the Jared Cannonier] struggle look straightforward and he didn’t. Goes there and it’s one thing else. I don’t [do that]. Individuals have already got expectations. I lay low, keep silent. ‘Alex, are you going to knock him out?’ ‘No, I simply wanna do a very good struggle.’ I am going there and knock him out and folks be like, ‘Rattling, superior.’ Individuals begin to see who Alex Pereira is.

“This Frozen stuff, NarutoDragon Ball Z — to me, is unnecessary in any respect. Folks that perceive and imagine within the cartoon could be influenced, ‘Oh, he’s going to freeze him.’ He’ll freeze me just like the cartoon. Is he? However, how? I don’t know the way he’s going to freeze me. Is he placing me within the fridge? Is that it? I don’t know the way this cartoon works.”

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