At UFC 281, who has the upper hand between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya? Let Jared Cannonier respond to your query.
In kickboxing, The "Last Stylebender" has lost both times against "Po Atan," once by decision and once by knockout. Helen Yee was informed by Cannonier that supporters should support the champion in this MMA match because of his superior level of expertise.
“It definitely favors Izzy more,” Cannonier said of the upcoming middleweight title fight. “He’s been here longer. He’s had all these five-round championship fights with the best in our sport, so it’s definitely different. He definitely has the experience in that regard. He’s altered his kickboxing style more for MMA. Alex still has sort of a kickboxing base, if you will, in his stance. Not to say that it’s a detriment to him, but it can be exploited as far as MMA goes. I think the advantage lies with Israel in that regard.”
However, the "Killa Gorilla" also mentioned that Pereira's strength may be an X-factor. Cannonier wouldn't be shocked if he used his renowned left hook against Adesanya once more because it has helped him both in the ring and in the Octagon.
“The power lies with Alex, for sure,” said Cannonier. “They’re both the same size. Alex is definitely going to be a denser opponent, so he’s probably a little bit heavier. It’s definitely going to be an exciting fight.”
Cannonier, who Adesanya defeated by majority decision at UFC 276 this past July, was the opponent for the sixth bout that Adesanya defended his UFC middleweight championship. The same evening, Pereira defeated Sean Strickland in the opening round to earn a shot at the title.
Cannonier and Strickland are anticipated to headline the year's last UFC event on December 17 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas following their respective defeats.