Adesanya keen on UFC Africa

By Daily Sports Nigeria on November 22, 2022

Former UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, is still keen on UFC Africa despite his loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281.

Adesanya fell to Pereira Nov 13 in New York City at the Madison Square Garden.

It was his first defeat at middleweight and just his second loss of his MMA career overall.

Adesanya eyes an immediate rematch with Pereira and a chance to re-write the script when it comes to their rivalry in combat sports.

UFC president Dana White hinted at the post-fight press conference that there were plans for a debut event in Africa. The promotion is looking at Nigeria and other nations to host an event as soon as next year.

After getting word of White’s announcement, Adesanya is keen on being a massive presence on the UFC Africa card.

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Adesanya dismissed the notion that UFC Africa won’t be as big without him and Kamaru Usman on the cards as champions.

“The hunter’s now the hunted. F*ck the belt,” Adesanya said. “It’s us. What we’ve done is etched in history forever. There are moments in history that will never be captured again. We’re still writing the book; this is not over.”

Adesanya, Usman and UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, a Cameroonian, are three of the biggest African-born stars in combat sports history.

Ngannou is expected to return next year, while Usman is itching for an immediate rematch of his own.

If White and the UFC follow up on their plan for an Africa-based event, Adesanya is intent on fighting on the card, even if it means not fighting with a title on the line.

Source Punch Ng

Posted November 22, 2022


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