UFC Commentator Joe Rogan believes former middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has been nothing but graceful in defeat following his loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Up 3-1 on the judges’ scorecards in his title fight against Pereira at UFC 281, middleweight champ Adesanya (23-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) was stopped in Round 5. It was a standing TKO finish for Pereira (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who had Adesanya rocked and badly hurt three minutes into the final frame.
Adesanya was stumbling, prompting referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight. “The Last Stylebender” immediately protested the result, but Rogan says there’s no need for him to take any more inevitable damage.
“I don’t think Pereira was gonna stop,” Rogan said in a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
“He had more time, Adesanya was stationary and Pereira was gonna hit him with some big shots. We don’t need to see Izzy with his eyes rolled back behind his head, flat out unconscious. I think it was a good stoppage.”
Rogan however lauded Adesanya for the way he handled the loss, saying he did better than anybody ever. Adesanya showed up to the post-fight news conference and has made numerous podcast appearances since to address the fight.
“Like a f*cking king, like a king,” Rogan said on Adesanya. “He was saying bring back Steve Mazzagatti because Steve Mazzagatti was a referee that was famous for letting fights go way too long. Mazzagatti was kind of famous for that for whatever reason, whether it’s justified or not, but it was just hilarious that Izzy was saying bring back Steve Mazzagatti.
“Then he went on Andrew Schulz’s podcast on Monday, they were drinking, having fun. He handled it very, very well… it’s f*cking the game they play man. I mean, Adesanya knocked a lot of f*cking people unconscious. Adesanya put it on everybody in the division.”