Israel Adesanya just regained the title of middleweight champion at UFC 287 in a stellar match against Alex Pereira. Moreover, reactions and assessments of the brawl ran rampant on social media, with many chiming in with their favorite moments and highlights. Even Donald Trump brushed off his indictment to pop out at the event alongside Mike Tyson, Dana White, Kid Rock, and many more. Overall, it was quite the entertaining and masterful display of mixed martial arts from one of the sport's all-time greats. Previously, the 33-year-old remarked his desires to regain his title from Pereira, which manifested into a victory.
"“Pressure makes diamonds, and I’m going to shine," Israel Adesanya said prior to the match during a press event. Clearly, he had a lot on his shoulders on top of a chip to lose, which hilariously manifested after he knocked Pereira out. Not only did he pretend to shoot arrows at his unconscious opponent, but he pointed at his son in the crowd after knocking his father out. This harkens back to a previous instance during which the kid taunted Adesanya for his loss against his dad.
Israel Adesanya Is The UFC's Middleweight Champion
After the fight ended, a video went viral of Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira showing each other respect. Shortly after his victory, Adesanya delivered a powerful speech to those in attendance and viewers at home. "I hope every one of you behind the screens or in this arena can feel this level of happiness just one time in your life. I hope all of you can feel how f***ing happy I am just one time in your life. But guess what?
"You will never feel this level of happiness if you don't go for something in your own life," he continued. "When they knock you down, when they try and s**t on you, when they talk s**t about you, and they try to put their foot on your neck. If you stay down, you will never ever get that resolve. Fortify your mind and feel this level of happiness as you rise! One time in your life. But I'm blessed to be able to feel this s**t again and again and again and again and again!" Check out some notable clips from the event below and return to HNHH for the latest on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.