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I Was Compromised – Israel Adesanya Speaks On Loss


I Was Compromised – Israel Adesanya Speaks On Loss

Israel Adesanya has reflected on losing his UFC 281 belt to Alex Pereira on Sunday morning.

The Nigerian-born fighter suffered a shocking fifth round technical knockout loss to Pereira inside Madison Square Garden.

“I’ve been doing this, this is my third fight in 10 months.

“Every time I fight, I risk losing what you guys deem as the prestigious — which it is — the belt and all that,” Adesanya said.

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He also highlighted how things started to go wrong in the fifth round.

It was a kick to his calf that left him with a dead leg.

“He hit my peroneal nerve, so that’s why my footwork was compromised.

“Even when I tripped and went backward, I had to do the roly poly. Because I was like, ‘Oh s—, I just tripped over, it’s not like me.’

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“So, kudos to him for investing in those calf kicks because it cost me,” Adesanya added.

He also assured that “I’ll be back, it’s not over yet” in a hint that he would take a rematch against Pereira.

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