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UFC champion Alex Pereira open to training with former foe Israel Adesanya: ‘I don’t feel like we’ll fight again’

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Alex Pereira is happy to train Israel Adesanya despite their long-standing rivalry.

The feud between ‘Poatan’ and ‘The Last Stylebender’ stretches far beyond their time inside the Octagon. Pereira defeated the two-time middleweight champ in their first meeting, under the GLORY Kickboxing label. This included a brutal third round KO at Glory of Heroes 15 back in March 2017.

Adesanya quickly moved onto MMA. He earned a couple first-round finishes before making his UFC debut in 2018. Pereria would follow in his former foes’ footsteps, making his first Octagon appearance three years later.

Under the UFC banner, Pereira and Adesanya engaged in a memorable rivalry, splitting highlight-reel knockouts in their two meetings, though it was the ‘Stylebender’ who had the last laugh.

Their historic series seems to be over. With Pereira seated atop of the light-heavyweight division and Adesanya preparing for a long awaited fight with middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis. Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour, ‘Poatan’ looked back on his time competing with Adesanya and even opened the door to the two fighters potentially work with…



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