Israel Adesanya established himself in the kickboxing community before winning the middleweight title in the UFC. Many people rank Adesanya as one of the all-time best UFC champions.
However Adesanya had a kickboxing foe that would go on to best him twice – Alex Poatan Pereira.
Pereira waited patiently for the proper opportunity to attack. With a strong left punch, he nonchalantly and calmly knocked Adesanya out during their second bout.
It was frightening to see when medical personnel arrived to assist the injured Adesanya. He was struggling to recover consciousness and needed oxygen. After a while, Adesanya gently stood up and walked over to the referee’s side.
While he was doing so, Pereira’s son made fun of him by falling down directly next to him.
Pereira shared on social media:
“I said before not to let him get in the ring 😂 (my son Alessandro after I knocked out Adesanya)”
Pereira is currently scheduled to compete against Adesanya at UFC 281 on November 12th in New York.