Israel Adesanya misplaced to Alex Pereira this previous weekend through TKO within the fifth and last spherical. The tip got here as Pereira bludgeoned Adesanya in opposition to the fence, forcing referee Marc Goddard to wave off the competition.
Adesanya has since claimed that the stoppage was early and that he was merely ready for Pereira to tire himself out. At that time within the combat Adesanya was nearly actually forward on the scorecards and on his solution to his sixth UFC title protection.
One one who is completely certified to weigh in on the ending energy of Poatan is Sean Strickland. Pereira beat Strickland, by KO, to arrange his title combat with Adesanya (in solely his fifth ever UFC bout).
Strickland spoke to The Schmo about Pereira’s title clinching win.
“He’s a f****** badass large motherf****** Brazilian and he touches you and also you fall asleep, it’s the weirdest f****** factor,” he mentioned (ht MMA Preventing). “However I used to be not anticipating that. I used to be a bit of stunned. I believed ‘Izzy’ was gonna be a twinkle toes and f***** dance round and outpoint him, however f***** hats off to you, Alex. You f***** bigass f***** scary Brazilian. You f***** exit and f***** do it.”
“I imply technically once I bought stopped I used to be nonetheless coherent, I wasn’t lifeless,” continued Strickland, talking of his personal loss to Pereira; which occurred earlier this yr. “I used to be awake, I used to be conscious. However nah, it was a great stoppage [against Adesanya], man. I imply, that f***** man has dynamite. If it wasn’t that, he would have f***** countered. The f***** man, bro. Dynamite in his palms. I attempted to inform you guys. I ought to have wrestled.
“‘Izzy,’ you must have f***** wrestled. What occurred, man? Why didn’t you f***** wrestle? Now you’re getting the identical speech I bought from everyone. ‘Hey, Sean. Why didn’t you wrestle?’ As a result of he’s an enormous f***** Brazilian. I needed to f***** combat him. That’s why.”
Strickland additionally mentioned whether or not he thinks the UFC ought to run it again and have Adesanya instantly rematch with Pereira for the 185 lb belt.
“I imply, right here’s the factor, it’s not proper. They shouldn’t have a right away rematch. You need to give the following man in line a shot, however f***** UFC does what UFC does. I imply, it’s all about cash, bro. They have a look at that as ‘Izzy’ is essentially the most marketable to combat, however yeah, that’s not proper. He shouldn’t get the rematch.”