Adesanya rejects trilogy with Poatan in MMA after closely following his rival's iconic victory at UFC 300

Former opponent of the Brazilian, MMA star explains why he does not intend to share the Octagon with the organization's star again

After closely following the rival's success Alex Poatán No. UFC 300, Israel adesanya was categorical in stating that he does not intend to create a trilogy with the Brazilian MMA star. In an interview with 'The MMA Hour', the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg.) explained that he sees no point in sharing the Octagon with the light heavyweight star again.

“Why would I fight? The dispute would be 3 to 2 (for Poatan). I feel like I only have a few more fights left in my career. I don't want to stay the same guy just to please some people. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could beat him. I achieved. That's why he's trying to confront me again. They need it. They need. Not me,” Adesanya said.


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Alex Poatan after victory at UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

UFC stars Poatan and Adesanya began their rivalry during their kickboxing days. In the sport, Alex came out on top on two occasions, one of which was a hard knockout against the Nigerian.

In MMA, the Brazilian won the first confrontation and, as a result, took the Israeli middleweight title in 2022. In an immediate rematch, 'Izzy' returned the knockout suffered and regained the throne.


After two clashes, Poatan opted to move to UFC light heavyweight. Right on his debut in the new category, the Brazilian won the group's belt, by beating Jiri Prochazka.

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