Israel Adesanya has always been outspoken about being a big fan of WWE, and “The Last Stylebender” showed his love for the entire company during his memorable exit at UFC 276 in Las Vegas.
Adesanya paid tribute to The Undertaker when he stepped out to the retired WWE superstar’s famous song with Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon sitting front row, cageside.
It just so happened that senior WWE officials arrived for the main event bout at Adesanya after wrapping up Money in the Bank pay-per-view, which also took place in Las Vegas that night. Talking to ESPN MMAAdesanya stated that it was a coincidence that WWE executives were present that night.
The UFC middleweight champion said:
“I don’t do it all the time, just for the big fights, the big statements. I really like to make a scene and it was cool enough to have the WWE family on site that night. I never planned it but then again, I’m just a ship and the universe Talk to me, and I get things done.”
Watch Israel Adesanya discuss his UFC 276 withdrawal below:
Israel Adesanya gets his shot to get revenge on Alex Pereira at UFC 281
After weeks of anticipation, a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira becomes official for UFC 281 on November 12. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will finally have a chance to avenge his loss to ‘Poatan’ from their days in Glory kickboxing.
Pereira scored his first win over Adesanya by unanimous decision in April 2016 and followed that up with a stunning third-round knockout the following year in March in a rematch.
Pereira improved his MMA record to 6-1 when he sent top seed Shaun Strickland by knockout in the first round at UFC 276, the same night that Adesanya defeated Jared Kannoner by unanimous decision. Poatan will be looking to score his seventh straight win and deliver another stunning performance against “The Last Stylebender” when the two collide in November.
Meanwhile, Adesanya will be looking to continue his dominant run in the class and achieve a sixth successful defense of his middleweight crown when he faces a former opponent.