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Dana White reacts to Alex Pereira’s callout of Israel Adesanya, says Jamahal Hill "Makes sense" for ‘Poatan’

Fernando Quiles - November 12, 2023

UFC CEO Dana White has reacted to Alex Pereira calling out his rival Israel Adesanya. Pereira added the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship to his mantle on Saturday night (November 11) at UFC 295. “Poatan” scored a second-round TKO finish after dropping Jiri Prochazka and elbowing him until referee Marc Goddard has seen enough. While the finish has been debated online, Prochazka himself said he was out at one point during the blitz from Pereira.

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Israel Adesanya reacts to callout from newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira

Chris Taylor - November 11, 2023

Israel Adesanya has responded to the callout he received from newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira. Pereira (9-2 MMA) squared off with former light heavyweight champion Jiri Procházka (29-4-1 MMA) for the promotion’s vacant 205lbs title in the headliner of tonight’s UFC 295 event at Madison Square Garden.

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Alex Pereira doesn't buy Israel Adesanya's hiatus talk: "He needs a bit more motivation"

Josh Evanoff - November 7, 2023

Former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira believes Israel Adesanya is just lacking some motivation. ‘The Last Stylebender’ has been out of action since a title defense against Sean Strickland at UFC 293. Despite heading into the matchup a massive favorite, Israel Adesanya was dominated that night earlier this year. ‘Tarzan’ dropped the champion in round one, eventually winning by unanimous decision on the scorecards.

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Dricus Du Plessis taunts Team Adesanya after receiving title shot against Sean Strickland at UFC 297: “A fumble never looked this good”

Susan Cox - November 7, 2023

Dricus Du Plessis is taunting Team Adesanya after receiving title shot against Sean Strickland at UFC 297. It was not that long ago that City Kickboxing head coach, and coach for former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Eugene Bareman, told the media that Dricus Du Plesis would have to ‘fight someone else’ after passing on the UFC 293 headliner.

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Israel Adesanya claims hiatus will last until 2027: "I’ll see you then"

Cole Shelton - October 27, 2023

Israel Adesanya claims he will be taking a couple of years off. Back in September at UFC 293, Adesanya suffered a lopsided decision loss to Sean Strickland to lose his middleweight title. It was a shocking result, and immediately after the event, his team claimed they wanted an immediate rematch.

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Islam Makhachev

Watch Israel Adesanya’s live reaction to Islam Makhachev knocking out Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294

Harry Kettle - October 23, 2023

Israel Adesanya has released his reaction video to Alexander Volkanovski’s loss against Islam Makhachev. Last weekend in the main event of UFC 294, Islam Makhachev knocked out Alexander Volkanovski. He did so in brutal fashion, landing a stunning head kick before finishing off with some ground and pound. It was a result that shocked many in terms of how the finish came, but regarding the winner, Makhachev was always going to be seen as the heavy favorite with this being a short notice bout.

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Johnny Walker

Israel Adesanya shares some strategic advice for Johnny Walker ahead of his fight with Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 294

Susan Cox - October 20, 2023

Israel Adesanya is sharing some strategic advice for Johnny Walker ahead of his fight with Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 294. It will be Johnny Walker (21-7 MMA) vs Magomed Ankalaev (17-1 MMA) in a light heavyweight bout tomorrow, Saturday, October 21st at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

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Israel Adesanya explains why he’s picking Alexander Volkanovski to finish Islam Makhachev at UFC 294: “His 8 Mile moment”

Harry Kettle - October 20, 2023

Israel Adesanya has explained why he believes Alexander Volkanovski will defeat Islam Makhachev at UFC 294. This weekend, Alexander Volkanovski will attempt to do what many believe is quite unlikely. He’ll lock horns with Islam Makhachev for the second time as he goes after the UFC lightweight championship. If he wins, especially on short notice, many believe he’ll be taking the first step on the road to being involved in the GOAT conversation.

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Conor McGregor reacts after Israel Adesanya announces he is taking a long layoff from fighting

Josh Evanoff - October 13, 2023

Former UFC dual-weight champion Conor McGregor is happy to see Israel Adesanya take some time off. ‘The Last Stylebender’ has been out of action since a title defense against Sean Strickland last month at UFC 293. ‘Tarzan’ scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history that night, knocking down Israel Adesanya in round one. From there it was academic, as he coasted to a unanimous decision victory.

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Israel Adesanya says fans won't see him fight “for a long time" following loss to Sean Strickland

Cole Shelton - October 13, 2023

Israel Adesanya plans to take some time off after losing is middleweight title to Sean Strickland last month. Adesanya suffered a stunning decision loss to Strickland back at UFC 293 in Australia to lose his title. ‘The Last Stylebender’ was dominated in the fight as he lost 49-46 on all three judges’ scorecards, including being dropped in the first round.

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Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland details “awkward” post-fight conversation with Israel Adesanya at UFC 293: “I think the guy needs some help”

Harry Kettle - October 9, 2023

Sean Strickland has explained the conversation he had with Israel Adesanya after their UFC 293 main event. Last month at UFC 293, Sean Strickland shocked the world by capturing the UFC middleweight championship. He did so by defeating Israel Adesanya, with a convincing decision win that handed him the keys to the castle at 185 pounds.

Manel Kape and Israel Adesanya
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Manel Kape explains why he rejected an attempted apology from Israel Adesanya at UFC 293: “We are not brothers”

Harry Kettle - October 5, 2023

UFC flyweight Manel Kape has explained why he refused an apology from Israel Adesanya after their press conference altercation. Over the course of the last few months, Manel Kape has been making some noise in the UFC. After having a string of fights canceled for a parade of reasons, he was scheduled to take on Kai Kara-France at UFC 293. Unfortunately, Kara-France was unable to proceed with the contest, meaning he went up against Felipe dos Santos instead in a Fight of the Night bout.

Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker responds to Israel Adesanya being shunned by Sydney fans during Sean Strickland fight

Fernando Quiles - October 1, 2023

Robert Whittaker thinks he has an idea of why fans who attended UFC 293 in Sydney got behind Sean Strickland during his dominant performance over Israel Adesanya. Strickland turned in a stellar showing against “Izzy” last month. He was a massive underdog going into the bout, but he cracked Adesanya with a punch that dropped him in the first round. After the second stanza, Strickland took over the rest of the fight. He managed to dodge out of the way of Adesanya’s kicks, and used his Philly shell defense to pop his opponent and get out of the way of danger. Ultimately, Strickland captured the UFC Middleweight Championship via unanimous decision.

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UFC CEO Dana White reacts to Israel Adesanya’s drunk driving charge: “Thank God nobody was hurt”

Harry Kettle - September 27, 2023

UFC CEO and president Dana White has given his thoughts on Israel Adesanya’s recent drink driving charge. Earlier this month, Israel Adesanya suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293. As a result, he lost his UFC middleweight championship.

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Israel Adesanya pleads guilty to drunk driving charge in New Zealand

Cole Shelton - September 24, 2023

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya pled guilty to a drunk driving charge on Monday in New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Herald, Adesanya was charged with driving a car with 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, which is over the legal limit of 50 milligrams. The alleged incident happened on August 19, which was just weeks before his title defense against Sean Strickland.

Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley reveals the one opponent he would return to the UFC to fight: “The only person I would just want to beat the f—k out of”

Harry Kettle - September 22, 2023

Tyron Woodley has revealed the one UFC fighter he’d return to face if he were given the opportunity to do so. In his prime, Tyron Woodley was one of the best fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship – and perhaps mixed martial arts as a whole. He had the kind of fight style that ensured he could take on all comers, and he was the UFC welterweight champion. Unfortunately, he didn’t end his UFC career in the best way, losing four straight fights before leaving the promotion.

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Israel Adesanya breaks silence after UFC 293 loss to Sean Strickland: "Felt like a bad dream"

Josh Evanoff - September 20, 2023

Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has opened up on his loss to Sean Strickland. ‘The Last Stylebender’ returned to the cage in the main event of UFC 293 earlier this month. There, he faced Sean Strickland, who entered the fight riding a two-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, Israel Adesanya entered the bout a massive favorite, fresh off his win over Alex Pereira in April.

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Aljamain Sterling reacts to talk of Israel Adesanya possibly getting another immediate rematch: “How do you get it and I don’t?”

Harry Kettle - September 18, 2023

Aljamain Sterling has questioned why he shouldn’t get a rematch for the title if Israel Adesanya manages to receive one. Following his shocking loss to Sean Strickland, Israel Adesanya has been fairly quiet when it comes to talks of an immediate rematch. Nobody knows whether or not it’s going to happen, but the popular opinion is that Dana White would prefer to book that contest.