Glover Teixeira: Alex Pereira Three Fights From Facing Israel Adesanya Again

Glover Teixeira Alex PereiraGlover Teixeira believes it won’t be long until we see Alex Pereira fight Israel Adesanya. Pereira recently enjoyed a successful UFC debut earlier this month when he knocked out Andreas Michailidis with a flying knee on the UFC 268 featured prelim earlier this month. Naturally, many were already eyeing up a future middleweight contest between […]

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Glover Teixeira believes it won’t be long until we see Alex Pereira fight Israel Adesanya.

Pereira recently enjoyed a successful UFC debut earlier this month when he knocked out Andreas Michailidis with a flying knee on the UFC 268 featured prelim earlier this month.

Naturally, many were already eyeing up a future middleweight contest between him and current champion Israel Adesanya. That’s because the pair are 1-1 against each other in kickboxing with Pereira notably being the only fighter to knock out Adesanya.

And training partner and UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira believes a trilogy in the form of an MMA contest could take place in a year’s time.

“I told [Pereira], ‘One year,’” Teixeira said on 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.”

Glover Teixeira: Three More Fights For Adesanya vs. Pereira

Although it wasn’t Pereira’s MMA debut, it’s still very early in his MMA career as it was just his fourth fight in the sport.

However, Teixeira sees similarities between Pereira and himself in how they’re able to quickly pick up things and utilize it straight away.

That’s just another reason why he is confident Pereira is just three fights away from facing Adesanya.

“Alex is kind of like [me in training] and couldn’t have done better [at UFC 268],” Teixeira said. “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.”

Do you agree with Glover Teixeira?

Quote: Israel Adesanya & Francis Ngannou Could Learn From Conor McGregor

Bobby Lashley believes Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou could stand to learn a thing or two from Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor has long ago cemented himself as the biggest star the UFC has ever had, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only star. Two…

Israel Adesanya, Francis Ngannou, Conor McGregor

Bobby Lashley believes Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou could stand to learn a thing or two from Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor has long ago cemented himself as the biggest star the UFC has ever had, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only star. Two names that have fit the ‘star’ label are champions Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou. 

Israel Adesanya headlined one of the highest-selling pay-per-view of the year thus far in UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya, which is reported to have done 800,000 buys worldwide. Meanwhile, Ngannou has been building his heavyweight star power by crossing over into Hollywood.

Still, according to WWE superstar Bobby Lashley, they are missing that special ingredient to take them to the next level. 

“You got some like Israel Adesanya…Francis Ngannou. I think those guys are phenomenal. And if they turned the volume up a little bit on what they were doing, I think it would put them to that stardom of Conor McGregor. Conor already gets it,” Lashley said in an interview with comicbook.com.

Lashley argues that taking components from the professional wrestling business can and already has proven beneficial to some MMA fighters. In fact, he has taken credit for former American Top Team teammate Colby Covington’s character amplification that began in 2017. 

As it pertains to Adesanya, Ngannou, and any other MMA fighter looking to transcend to that next tier of stardom, Lashley specifically laid out what McGregor does so well that others could learn from. 

“Conor promotes fights, and every time, he’s promoting fights when he is not even fighting. He’s sitting at home injured and he still promote fights and sell himself. And I think a lot of times when you go into mixed martial arts it’s all about respect. And some of those guys are saying, ‘Okay, I’m not going to talk because I want to have respect.’ But at the same time, the promoters are like, ‘Well, I’m paying the money for guys that are selling these tickets, that are putting a—es in seats’ So there’s got to be a balance. It’s one thing to be a good fighter and let the promotion push you, but the promotion is more about the promotion. 

“So if you want to be great and make some big money, you need to learn about that selling aspect that I think all the guys can use a little refresher course, because all of them are trying to be Conor right now.”

Bobby Lashley became a MMA pro in 2008 and has a professional record of 15-2. He has not competed since 2016, when he picked up a rear-naked choke victory over Josh Appelt at Bellator 162. That made for eight consecutive victories for the former WWE champion.

Lashley had expressed interest in joining the UFC in the past, where he could have taken his own advice toward potential superstardom. However, there were never any serious negotiations between him and the promotion.

What do you think about Bobby Lashley’s advice for Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou?

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Vettori Not Thrilled By The Idea Of Being Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 Backup

UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori isn’t keen on signing on as a backup fighter for the anticipated UFC 271 main event between 185-pound king Israel Adesanya and former champion Robert Whittaker.

Vettori was last in action at UFC Vegas 41 in…

Marvin Vettori, Robert Whittaker & Israel Adesanya

UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori isn’t keen on signing on as a backup fighter for the anticipated UFC 271 main event between 185-pound king Israel Adesanya and former champion Robert Whittaker.

Vettori was last in action at UFC Vegas 41 in October. Having fallen short of capturing gold against “The Last Stylebender” at UFC 263, the Italian rebounded in style against fellow former title challenger Paulo Costa. In the build-up to the headlining clash, the 28-year-old was praised for his attitude and toughness after his Brazilian counterpart couldn’t make weight.

Having entered fight week over 20 pounds north of the middleweight limit, the bout was changed to a 195-pound catchweight, before being bumped up yet again, this time to light heavyweight. Despite facing one of the UFC’s top powerhouses at a much higher weight than he’s used to, Vettori shined inside the Apex.

Throughout a five-round war, “The Italian Dream” pushed the pace, landed some hard shots at an impressive volume, and ate the biggest and best “Borrachinha” had to offer. After going the 25-minute distance, Vettori was awarded a well-deserved unanimous decision victory.

Vettori Doesn’t Want To Waste A Camp

After leaping straight back into title contention, many have wondered whether Vettori will be asked to stand in as the backup fighter for the expected championship rematch between Adesanya and Whittaker, which is expected to take place at UFC 271 in February 2022.

Despite UFC President Dana White suggesting it would make sense, the #2-ranked contender doesn’t share the same level of enthusiasm for the idea. Speaking during an appearance on the Real Quick With Mike Swick Podcast, Vettori said that whilst the money would be good, he wants his second title shot to be on his own terms.

“No, it’s not confirmed… but, yeah man, I want to fight it on my terms, for the next time that I fight Adesanya. It goes both ways, when I’m ready, I wanna fight. So, I mean, I know it’s good money but like, I don’t know if I can be, I don’t know if I can do that in a sense.”

Further discussing why the backup slot doesn’t appeal to him, Vettori suggested he wouldn’t want to waste weeks of preparation on the event if he’s likely not going to be needed. In the Italian’s mind, he’s earned the right to decide when he next competes for the gold, and to do so with a full camp.

“I hate giving away a whole preparation, you know. A lot of people would do it for money, but for me… I’m always open to business and all that, but money is not the first goal when I got into the sport. I wanna be champion. I mean, I don’t know. When they will ask me I’ll give a real answer. But I feel like I earned, eventually, the right to fight it (championship fight) on my terms. ‘Cos even the last time, and I’m not saying I wasn’t ready, I was 100% ready, but I basically prepared for the fight in seven weeks and a half. I fought Holland. Eight weeks after the day I fought Holland, I fought Adesanya. This time I want a whole camp and I think I earned that.”

Despite not being targeted for Seattle or Canada as initially reported, the UFC 271 pay-per-view is still set to be headlined by Adesanya and Whittaker’s blockbuster rematch. The pair first collided at UFC 243 in 2019. Bringing an end to the New Zealand-born Australian’s reign, Adesanya secured a second-round knockout in Melbourne.

Having looked back to his best in decision victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum, “The Reaper” has earned his chance at redemption. He’ll look to become the first blemish on Adesanya’s perfect middleweight record next year.

Who do you think will have their hand raised at UFC 271, Israel Adesanya or Robert Whittaker?

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Bisping Pitches Usman vs. Whittaker If “The Reaper” Beats Adesanya

Michael Bisping believes UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman should challenge for the middleweight gold if Robert Whittaker defeats 185-pound king Israel Adesanya next year.

At UFC 268, Usman extended his 170-pound dominance. A unanimous decisio…

Michael Bisping, Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya & Robert Whittaker

Michael Bisping believes UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman should challenge for the middleweight gold if Robert Whittaker defeats 185-pound king Israel Adesanya next year.

At UFC 268, Usman extended his 170-pound dominance. A unanimous decision victory over top contender Colby Covington increased his perfect UFC record to 15-0, leaving him just one victory short of Anderson Silva’s all-time winning streak record in the promotion.

Since securing his place on the welterweight throne with a controlling performance against Tyron Woodley in 2019, “The Nigerian Nightmare” has defended his belt on five occasions, and staked his claim to be considered the greatest welterweight of all time.

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Bisping Believes Whittaker is Usman’s Route To Champ-Champ Status

Having brushed past two challenges from Covington, two from Jorge Masvidal, and one from Gilbert Burns, many are wondering what Usman has left to prove at 170 pounds. Should Leon Edwards defeat Masvidal at UFC 269 next month, it seems inevitable “Rocky” will get the next shot. Beyond the Englishman, Vicente Luque could have secured his opportunity, while the surging Khamzat Chimaev is likely only one or two victories away from contention.

However, the idea of Usman challenging for a second belt has been thrown around. Some believe that in order to be spoken about in the same breath as Georges St-Pierre, the 24-year-old has to follow in the Canadian’s footsteps and make his mark at middleweight as well.

However, Usman has repeatedly stated that he won’t fight friend and compatriot Israel Adesanya, who currently occupies top spot at 185 pounds. With that in mind, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping believes Usman’s path to two-division glory relies on “The Last Stylebender” falling short in his next defense.

Speaking in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, “The Count” suggested former champ Robert Whittaker has what it takes to dethrone the Nigerian-New Zealander in their rematch, which is being targeted for UFC 271 in February. If “The Reaper” does become a two-time champ, Bisping believes that opens the door for Usman to move up.

“They’re talking about Kamaru Usman going up to middleweight, going up a division. But he said he doesn’t want to do that because Israel Adesanya is the champ and he doesn’t want to go up against his countryman, and he has respect, which I understand a little bit, a little bit I understand that. Far be it for me to send any judgement. But, just because you’re both from the same country doesn’t mean you can’t fight. Still, I get it, I get it, they’re brothers.

“But Adesanya’s fighting Robert Whittaker, and that’s not a given. Yes, the first fight Adesanya absolutely destroyed Whittaker, wasn’t even close, it wasn’t even what you call a fight if I’m honest. But Whittaker’s rebounded. Whittaker looked amazing against Gastelum. I though that was the best performance of his career. And Whittaker really looks focused. So, you never know. Whittaker might beat Adesanya, which then opens the door for Kamaru Usman to go up to middleweight and go after that belt there. And let’s remember, Robert Whittaker used to be a welterweight… Stylistically, size wise, Kamaru Usman, he might even be the bigger guy, he might even be bigger than Robert Whittaker.”

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
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Since losing his belt to Adesanya at UFC 243 in 2019, Whittaker has been back to his best. After taking almost a year away from the Octagon to reset, the New Zealand-born Aussie returned and recorded wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum over the course of 10 months.

Given his form, many believe Whittaker has the best chance at becoming the first man to defeat Adesanya at middleweight. If he does, perhaps he’ll be entering the cage with another Nigerian soon after.

Would you like to see Kamaru Usman challenge for the middleweight title if Robert Whittaker beats Israel Adesanya at UFC 271?

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Henry Cejudo Calls For Usman vs. Adesanya: ‘Fight Your African Brother’

Henry CejudoHenry Cejudo wants to see Kamaru Usman step up and challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ defend his welterweight title for the fifth time when he squared off against Colby Covington in the UFC 268 main event this past weekend. It appears that Usman is running out of viable title […]

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Henry Cejudo wants to see Kamaru Usman step up and challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ defend his welterweight title for the fifth time when he squared off against Colby Covington in the UFC 268 main event this past weekend.

It appears that Usman is running out of viable title contenders and Cejudo has called on the welterweight champ to try and replicate him by facing off against ‘Stylebender’ for the chance to become a dual-weight UFC champion

“I’m sure if it’s the African pride, I kind of get that, but I don’t get that,” Cejudo said on the latest episode of ‘The Triple C and Schmo Show‘. “Actually, as a matter of fact, I really don’t get that. Because to me, it’s all about legacy. Somebody else in the near future is going to be able to go through the same run that Kamaru Usman did. But the difference is that can you win a second belt? And can you defend that second belt? And that’s what I want from ‘The Nigerian Nightmare.’ I want him to go up. I want him to fight ‘Izzy.’ I just believe he has a perfect style to beat somebody like ‘Izzy’ because he has wrestling.”

“You’ve already lapped the [welterweight] division, Kamaru Usman. You’ve already lapped,” Cejudo added. “ You’ve already beat Colby [Covington] twice. You’ve already beat [Jorge] Masvidal a couple times too. I mean, the winner of Masvidal and [Leon] Edwards, I mean, you’re gonna beat Edwards again. There’s only one take in my side, and that’s saying go up and fight your African brother [Israel Adesanya]. Because this is about legacy.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

Henry Cejudo Might Get His Wish

Until recently, Usman has been adamant that he will not step up to middleweight until Adesanya has lost or vacated the 185lb strap. However, in the build-up to UFC 268 the welterweight champ somewhat changed his tune.

“Adesanya is my guy, that’s something me and him would have to discuss,” Usman said of a potential fight with his countryman. “There’s a difference between fighting and competing. If me and him decide we want to compete, and the UFC is throwing 100 million dollars at us, then we’ll make it happen.”

Do you agree with Henry Cejudo? Is it time for Kamaru Usman to step up to 185lbs and take on Israel Adesanya?

Adesanya Hopes To See Alex Pereira In 4-5 Fights: “It’s Different Now”

Israel Adesanya was impressed by the debut performance of Alex Pereira at UFC 268.

There may not have been a middleweight prospect as hyped up as Alex Pereira since the arrival of current champion Israel Adesanya. Adesanya has more than lived up t…

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Israel Adesanya was impressed by the debut performance of Alex Pereira at UFC 268.

There may not have been a middleweight prospect as hyped up as Alex Pereira since the arrival of current champion Israel Adesanya. Adesanya has more than lived up to the hype as the #3-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the undisputed middleweight king. Only time will tell if Pereira will also experience sustained success in the promotion like Adesanya has.

For now, he simply holds the attention of fans and the entire middleweight division after his Performance of the Night-winning debut at UFC 268. That includes current champion and his former kickboxing foe, Israel Adesanya.

“It’s pretty much like me and (Derek) Brunson – he’s trying to find a way (to take him down) cause he’s scared of the striking,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel about Pereira’s bout against Andreas Michailidis. “Cause you know he’s going to shoot, well-timed knee just straight up. Bang. There it is. I thought he was going to do it when he shot in, but I didn’t think he was going to fly at him.”

Of course, Pereira also holds a KO victory over Adesanya himself in the world of kickboxing. The champion has not forgotten, not that the public has allowed him to. However, as a verified Style Bender, Adesanya now has more tools at his disposal, not to mention more years of experience under his belt. So if Pereira does make it to him eventually, Adesanya will be waiting—and anticipating a much different result.

“We talked about this like two days ago,” Adesanya said. “We need something new. Especially after you lap the division again. … Good job Pereira, that was nice. One thing I notice is everyone always holds on to that win he has over me like it’s the be all end all. I hope he does well. I hope he does well through the ranks.

“In the next four fights, I hope to see him. They’ll show you the knockout, but they won’t show you what happened before the finish. I hurt him, but I only throw (hands) because I was infiltrated by other people’s thoughts. But that was when I was younger. Not anymore. It’s different now. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Adesanya’s next title defense will be a rematch against Robert Whittaker. The bout is expected to take place in February, but that date remains unofficial as of this writing.

Do you think we will ever see Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira in the UFC?

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