Israel Adesanya does battle with Anderson Silva this Saturday night in the co-main event at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia with the winner confirmed to be fighting for belt later this year against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
For his fight against the rising super star Adesanya, “The Spider” has brought in Brazilian world champion Glory kickboxer Alex Pereira who has beaten “The Last Stylebender” on two occasions, first when they met back in 2016 at the “Glory of Heroes” event with Pereira winning by unanimous decision and then again in 2017 at “Glory of Heroes 7” with the Brazilian Pereira knocking out the rising UFC star.
Despite the history, Adesanya doesn’t believe there is any benefit to Silva in bringing in the kickboxing star for their fight (via MMAJunkie.com):
“How in the (expletive) is Alex Pereira going to help him train for my style?" Adesanya said. "Because, OK, he knocked me out in the second fight. He beat me once before. But people forget, the second round, I had him on skates, but I didn’t stay true to my style. I listened to other people’s opinions that slowly slipped into me after the Glory fight – (expletive) Glory after the Glory fight, by the way.”
Adesanya suffered five losses in his kickboxing career but is currently undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist in his 15 pro fights with notable wins over Derek Brunson and Brad Tavares.