Israel Adesanya promises a frightening good time.
“The Last Stylebender” is scheduled to face longtime rival Alex Pereira once again when he challenges Pereira for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 287 on April 8. Pereira defeated Adesanya via a dramatic fifth-round knockout at UFC 281 to claim the belt, moving him to 4-0 in their series that also includes a pair of kickboxing bouts.
Adesanya created a viral video this weekend to promote his next fight. It was inspired by the film series Saw HTML1. You can watch the clip here.
Ahead of their first UFC fight, Adesanya predicted that the bout would end up like “a horror movie” and while he put on a strong performance — Adesanya was up 39-37 on all three judges’ scorecards heading into the fifth round — it was Pereira who had the final cut as he prompted a stoppage with a flurry of strikes.
Adesanya’s hype video features some of his best moments from the UFC 281 main event, but we’ll see if he can seal the deal this time or if Pereira truly is the monster that Adesanya can’t slay.