Israel Adesanya reflects on UFC 281 loss to Alex Pereira | ESPN MMA
well Izzy regardless of the outcome of the fight oh my gosh is this an outfit right now? uh, you know what it is yet, what is it? um Dapper Scrapper as usual yeah tell me what's going through your mind. that performance looked like you were really firing on all cylinders you looked amazing they are moving things backstage it's a bit chaotic but you looked amazing obviously it wasn't what you wanted to happen but in the lead up to the fifth fight where did you feel like you were in the fifth round? I was up and um hurt my perennial nerve which is why my footwork wasn't as precise as I wanted it to be so I was trying to find ways to get off the fence but my feet kept dragging my left foot kept dragging and that's why i tripped that time it's also really annoying but um yeah it is what it is but i'm still here i'm leaving you're here you're not leaving and you're a total professional coming here to do an interview Many in this situation don't they would necessarily be here so we appreciate it
Israel I know again it's hard to gauge the fight but the grappling you know they both said this is going to be a kickboxing fight and just a kickboxing fight and here we're looking at quite a struggle for you now he took a point from me in the round but then i'll knock him down in the third round and drain his enthusiasm well i'll give him one thing he knows how to bounce back and is kind It's like the same story as the Last kickboxing fight we had, you know, I'm awake, I'm having it, I stay focused and he just catches me, but this time I felt like he was there, he really was there and um the first thing.
I saw Eugene I'm fine because yeah my head was still on me but I think my eyes did the thing a bit yeah you feel like it was an early stoppage as soon as the ref stepped in on the moment yeah but I think that I trust my coaches and my manager Ash when they said you knew I was a good pret stoppage. It's a hard question to ask, but unfortunately it's my job to ask. It's what I'm on. Do you want a new opponent, of course? I'll probably get a rematch, but I've talked to my trainers first.
My management and I'll see what. we want to do the next listen, you are an absolute legend of the middleweight division, we know you will come back stronger than ever and we really appreciate you sharing some of your thoughts with us, thank you thank you thank you for watching ESPN on YouTube. for live streaming of sports and premium content, subscribe to ESPN Plus