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Morning Report: Michael Bisping thinks Alex Pereira ‘could be the man’ to beat Israel Adesanya

Michael Bisping thinks Alex Pereira could be the man to overthrow Israel Adesanya.

Last weekend, Adesanya and Pereira fought on the main card of UFC 276, with different but similar results. In the featured main card bout, Pereira put on his best UFC showing, knocking out Sean Strickland in the first round. In the main event, Adesanya also dominated, albeit less dramatically, earning a comfortable unanimous decision over Jared Cannonier. Given their history with each other, the pair are on a collision course once again, and despite Adesanya’s outstanding CV in the octagon, Bisping believes Pereira could be destined to become the new champion. .

“What [Adesanya] done to Paulo Costa was f****** amazing,” Bisping said on his Believe me podcast. “Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker twice, the list goes on. Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, knocking out all the top guys. Derek Brunson, Jared Cannonier. There is literally no one else. That’s why Pereira is here, a breath of fresh air, a guy I think, I don’t know, I think he might be the man to do it. I’m not saying that. Izzy is a better kickboxer than Pereira, but Pereira seems a bit meaner, he seems to have a bit more power. He’s a bit more sloppy too, but I get why he’s going to get the next title. »

Pereira would definitely support Adesanya being better than him. Along with holding a pair of victories over Adesanya in kickboxing, Pereira also won the Glory middleweight and light heavyweight championships, which Adesanya never did. But while Pereira may be the most accomplished kickboxer, Adesanya is undoubtedly the most accomplished MMA fighter. “The Last Stylebender” has more title fights inside the octagon than Pereira has had in his entire MMA career, which seems to be a major factor preventing Bisping from outright choosing Pereira to become the new champ.

“Without a doubt [Pereira has the best chance to do it]said Bisping. “When you see Izzy, the way he beats everyone up, every time afterwards I’m like, ‘I’ll never underestimate him again. Because I thought Jared Cannonier was going – and then I still do! I do not know why. And when I watch this one at first, I’m like, “Oh, Pereira is going to be the guy.” But again, it’s so disrespectful to the work as a whole that [Adesanya]’s had. It’s not easy to stay on top like this, on your worst night… That’s what you have to do as a champion, on your worst night, become the champion again. So every time you’ve defended it against the #1 contender and Izzy has done it six or seven times now.

Bisping has plenty of time to think about this fight and make a more definitive choice. After UFC 276, Adesanya did not give a timeline on when he would like to return. The UFC still needs main events for UFC 279 and UFC 280 in September and October, but whether that would be too quick of a turnaround for Adesanya or Pereira remains to be seen.


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