Alex Pereira delivers STUNNING KO with ferocious left hook on Sean Strickland as he passes audition to challenge old foe Israel Adesanya with flying colours
- Alex Pereira knocked Sean Strickland during their clash at UFC 276 on Saturday
- It took him just half a round to knock the American out with a fierce left hook
- Pereira called Israel Adesanya out immediately after his fight with Strickland
- Pereira is said to have beaten Israel Adesanya twice during their kickboxing days
- Adesanya down played Pereira’s win on Saturday as ‘it’s easy’ to KO Strickland
Alex Pereira knocked Sean Strickland out just half halfway through the first round of their fight at UFC 276 by delivering a fierce left hook.
The Brazilian, who is best known for beating Israel Adesanya twice during their kickboxing days, validated himself as a legitimate title contender on Saturday night.
Speaking after the middleweight bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Pereira called out Adesanya – claiming he ‘deserves’ the fight after beating the ‘No.4 in the ranking’.
Alex Pereira knocked Sean Strickland out just half halfway through the first round of their fight
Pereira started his UFC career with two wins, including a spectacular jumping knee KO on debut and the narrative has been there from the start.
He was eager to add to his tally by beating Strickland on Saturday night. A win would secure him a chance to fight against Adesanya.
As a result, Pereira came out of the blocks flying. It took him just half a round to knock his American opponent out.
‘Poatan’ caught his opponent with a deadly left hook and went on to follow it up with another
Strickland (bottom) hit the canvas after being knocked out by his Pereira (blue gloves)
The America fighter tried to stand up to continue the contest but he wobbled into the referee
‘Poatan’ caught his opponent with a deadly left hook and went on to follow it up with another one to secure his victory.
Speaking after the fight, Pereira said: ‘Many people talk about my two wins about Adesanya and say it was just in kickboxing. Today, I just beat the No.4 in the ranking so I know I deserve the fight.’
Adesanya also took to the Octagon on Saturday evening. He beat Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain his UFC middleweight title.
Speaking after his victory on Saturday night, Pereira called out Israel Adesanya – who also beat Jared Cannonier in the same evening
He beat Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain his UFC middleweight title
Speaking after the fight, Adesanya said: ‘I’ll tell you one thing, they had an excellent game plan. It was really hard to get my follow ups going, my second phases going because they had a good game plan.’
‘Look we know who’s next,’ Adesanys said calling out Alex Pereira. ‘Trust me, the first time I told you, it was an error on my part spamming the right hand and that was in kickboxing.
‘It’s easy to knockout, what’s the hillbilly’s name [Sean Strickland] because he was parrying the jabs but like I said at the press conference, the next time I put you on skates, you’re going to get frozen like Elsa.’