Israel Adesanya went after Alex Pereira’s son for mocking him
Israel Adesanya reclaimed the UFC middleweight title at UFC 287 on Saturday night when he knocked out Alex Pereira in the second round of their championship match in Miami, avenging three straight losses to Pereira.
Pereira had defeated Adesanya twice in kickboxing and once in UFC (last year at UFC 281), and not only was the win for Izzy cute because it wanted revenge on Alex Pereira, it also had a message for Pereira’s son. After one of his kickboxing losses, Pereira’s kid got into the ring and taunted Adesanya, who was knocked out by falling down next to him, which Adesanya didn’t forget. After the fight, Adesanya explained why he was visiting Pereira’s family, pointing at them and celebrating them the same way by falling to the mat after KO’ing Pereira.
Adesanya also took to Twitter and posted the Michael Jordan line, “And I took it personally…” above the video of the celebration.
Grudges between fighters is nothing new, but holding a grudge with someone’s child for a celebration is pretty hysterical. Adesanya certainly got the last laugh here and while a 3-0 record against Pereira was certainly plenty of motivation for the evening, he made sure he got a little revenge on the youngest Pereira in the building too.