Michael Bisping wants Alex Pereira to call out Israel Adesanya with UFC 276 win


Alex Pereira is set to fight Sean Strickland at UFC 276 on July 2, and Michael Bisping believes the kickboxer-turned-MMA fighter could claim a title with an impressive win and a skillful legend.

On the 400th episode of Trust Me, Bisping said Pereira’s knockout victory over current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in 2017 puts him ahead of many other contenders at 185 pounds. He encouraged Pereira to take advantage of his mic time like Michael Chandler did and call for a rematch with Adesanya if he beats Sean Strickland. bisping said:

“If I’m Pereira, who has a knockout over Izzy in his favorite fighting style which is kickboxing, you better believe he should do it. It would be three in a row – obviously he has to cross first Strickland Not an easy thing to do Strickland is good Strickland is a great grappler You don’t see much in the UFC but the man has a very tricky ground game But if Pereira can pull it off he should definitely call the champion. Because you have to think that’s what the UFC is leaning towards.”

Watch Michael Bisping discuss Alex Pereira on Believe You Me #400 below:

Alex Pereira is 2-0 in the UFC with both fights ending in impressive knockouts. More importantly, he holds two wins over Israel Adesanya, including one knockout. The big stumbling block for ‘Poatan’ right now is his position outside of the official UFC rankings. A win over No. 5-ranked Sean Strickand would likely propel him into the top five among a list of opponents Adesanya has already beaten.

Israel Adesanya on Alex Pereira. I would love to see this fight one day in the UFC! https://t.co/ng7pJpJGWc


Israel Adesanya hopes Alex Pereira will do well enough to win title fight against him

Following Pereira’s violent flying knee knockout victory over Andreas Michailidis at UFC 268, Israel Adesanya discussed his rival’s arrival in the UFC and how he hopes they can fight again . Adesanya said:

“One thing I’ve noticed is that everyone is clinging to this victory that they have over me. Like it’s the be-all and end-all. But I hope he’ll well. I hope he does well in the ranks. In the next four fights, I hope to see him.

Since then, Adesanya has beaten Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 and now faces Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. So ‘The Last Stylebender’ already thinks a fight against Pereira could happen relatively soon. If, of course, he beats Jared Cannonier and Pereira beats Sean Strickland.

The only man to stop Israel Adesanya is now in the UFC. Alex Pereira knocked out the middleweight champion in the Stylebender’s final kickboxing match. Poatan makes his MMA debut at UFC 268 🔥 https://t.co/4qLis4dndm

Watch Israel Adesanya discuss Alex Pereira below:

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