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‘Power is the great equalizer’: Fighters react to Alex Pereira’s knockout of Israel Adesanya at UFC 281

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

History repeated itself at UFC 281 when Alex Pereira caught Israel Adesanya late in their MMA rematch, setting in motion a TKO win that put the UFC middleweight belt around the Brazilian’s waist.

Adesanya repeatedly played with fire as he stood and struck with Pereira. Late in the first, it nearly paid dividends with a last-second stoppage. But Pereira survived and then got his revenge with a flurry of punches that sealed the victory at 2:01 of the fifth and final round.

Here’s what fighters had to say bout Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya and the UFC 281 main card on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Alex Pereira def. Israel Adesanya

Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili

Dustin Poirier def. Michael Chandler

Chris Gutierrez def. Frankie Edgar

Dan Hooker def. Claudio Puelles

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