UFC 287: Israel Adesanya knocks out Alex Pereira in the second round

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The last time the UFC touched down in Miami was for UFC 42 in April 2003, with a pay-per-view show subtitled “Sudden Impact.”

On Saturday night at the Kaseya Center, the high-impact performances came early, often, surprisingly and spectacularly, beginning early in the evening and continued all the way through to the middleweight championship rematch between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya is the UFC middleweight champion again after knocking out Alex Pereira in the second round.

The bitter rivals went one-for-one through much of the first two rounds, with Pereira chopping at Adesanya’s legs, and the challenger fighting with more forward pressure and urgency than in their last meeting. Just when Pereira pressed forward, looking to punish a seemingly hurt Adesanya, “The Last Stylebender” uncorked a right hand that landed flush and dazed the champion, with the follow-up right putting him on the canvas, out cold.

Just an absolutely tantalizing finish from the Nigerian-born, Auckland-based standout, who reclaims the middleweight title in style.

UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya 2 Results

  • Main Event: Israel Adesanya defeats Alex Pereira by KO (right hand) at 4:21 of Round 2
  • Co-Main Event: Gilbert Burns defeats Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Rob Font defeats Adrian Yanez by TKO (strikes) at 2:57 of Round 1
  • Kevin Holland defeats Santiago Ponzinibbio by KO (left hook) at 3:16 of Round 3
  • Christian Rodriguez defeats Raul Rosas Jr. by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kelvin Gastelum defeats Chris Curtis by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Luana Pinheiro (29-28, 29-28) defeats Michelle Waterson-Gomez (29-28) by split decision 
  • Joe Pyfer defeats Gerald Meerschaert by TKO (strikes) at 3:15 of Round 1
  • Loopy Godinez (30-27, 29-28) defeats Cynthia Calvillo by split decision (29-28)
  • Ignacio Bahamondes defeats Trey Ogden by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Steve Garcia defeats Shayilan Nuerdanbieke by KO (strikes) at 0:36 of Round 2
  • Sam Hughes defeats Jaqueline Amorim by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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