For the third time, Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira fought each other. And for the third time, Pereira emerged victorious – this time on the biggest stage.
This past Saturday in the UFC 281 headliner at Madison Square Garden, Pereira rallied to TKO Adesanya with punches in the fifth round and claimed the middleweight title in just his fourth UFC appearance. The title-winning victory came after Pereira also beat Adesanya twice in kickboxing, including one knockout.
All three fights were either close or had Adesanya up on the scorecards, which begs the question: Who should be favored in their eventual UFC rematch?
Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Mike Bohn, Farah Hannoun, Brian “Goze” Garcia give their thoughts with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia. You can watch their discussion in the video above and check out this week’s full episode below.
“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Monday LIVE at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel.