Bite and blow! Israel Adesanya raises 'white flag' and shows respect for Alex Poatan

After regretting the defeats against the Brazilian idol, the Nigerian minimized the animosity and praised the light heavyweight champion

Alex Poatan and Israel Adesanya face off in the Octagon at UFC 287 (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

A. Poatan and I. Adesanya face off in the Octagon UFC 287 (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

Even making it clear that you do not want to face Alex Poatán again, Israel adesanya continues to look for a way to keep the rivalry alive. After regret the defeats suffered for the current light heavyweight champion (up to 93kg), the Nigerian made a point of expressing his respect for the Brazilian idol.

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“I like Poatan. They are the Poatards (Poatan fans). They are…, as always. I respect Poatan. He's a special fighter, he's a special human being. What he did in this game, in the fight and in life too, I will always respect him. I’m grateful for those moments because, for me, they taught me a lot about myself and how far I can go,” Adesanya said.


Poatan and Adesanya have a history of rivalry dating back to their kickboxing days, where the Brazilian won both clashes between them, one by knockout and one by points. In Ultimate, the pupil of Glover Teixeira won the first confrontation, in November 2022, and opened 3-0 on the 'general score', however, in April of the following year, the Nigerian adopted the 'he who laughs last, laughs best' approach, returning the knockout to the then champion middleweight and said he was no longer interested in a new fight.

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