UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will have chance for revenge against Alex Pereira – the only man to KO him – ‘within THREE fights’, claims UFC light-heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira
- Alex Pereira delivered statement knockout with jumping knee on UFC debut
- His striking is renowned and he defeat Israel Adesanya in kickboxing ring
- Now all eyes are on his development to see if he can force a rematch in octagon
- Light-heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira says it will be within three fights
Israel Adesanya will have his shot at revenge against the only man to have knocked him out, claims UFC light-heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira.
Alex Pereira defeated Adesanya twice, once on points and on the other occasion by KO, when they were competing in kickboxing.
And Pereira made a scintillating start to life in the UFC with a jumping knee knockout on debut last month.
The middleweight champion has been sensational since making his UFC debut in 2018
Glover Teixeira believes Pereira, his training partner, will continue his rapid rise
All eyes are on the Brazilian’s development to see if he can string enough wins together to be matched with middleweight champion Adesanya and take their rivalry into the octagon.
Teixeira trains with Pereira and is convinced that he has the tools to fill holes in his MMA game quickly and earn a fight with the champion soon.
He told the MMA Hour: ‘I told him when he signed with the UFC, “Hey man, they’ll be talking about you in about one year, three fights.” Especially the way he fought. It couldn’t go better.
‘I couldn’t be more happy as a coach as a training partner that’s been telling people that this guy is no joke. He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s learning things quick.
‘He’ll get things quick. I’m talking about you get a regular guy and whatever, that guy’s gonna learn in six months – [Pereira will] learn in a week. You show him a move and he just does it.
Pereira (right) won in his UFC debut with a jumping knee against Andreas Michailidis
The second oldest champion in UFC history went on to add: ‘Alex is kind of like [me in training] and couldn’t have done better [at UFC 268].
‘He got taken down, he defended takedowns, he got up and he stayed there. You see the other guy come out of the clinch, the guy’s face was all messed up, he was dead tired and he come out with the flying knee. So calm, so relaxed.
‘I say three more fights the most, and he wants to fight quick. He wants February already, he wants to fight quick, so he’s going to fight back to back probably.
‘No injuries, no nothing. By this time next year, they’ll be talking about him and Adesanya.’
Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori to defend his title in June and is yet to fight since.
Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori in the summer to retain his middleweight title