Alex Pereira’s post-match call-out [he called out Israel Adesanya] has created many debates; some believe it was wrong of Pereira, and some think the exact opposite. The former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira believes Israel Adesanya is not interested in fighting Alex Pereira and will focus on competing against easier opponents.
Israel Adesanya publicly addressed that he will be on a long break, which makes it very difficult to predict his return date. However, the trilogy between Adesanya and Pereira is inevitable.
Glover Teixeira on Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira III
Recently on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast, Glover Teixeira explained why he believes Israel Adesanya won’t fight Alex Pereira.
“I don’t want to keep talking because sometimes it will come out like I’m talking ** and I’m not that type of guy, but Adesanya doesn’t want to fight him,” Teixeira said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“Adesanya is in a great position right now, he has a lot of money. I’m not saying he’s scared. If he had never won the [UFC] belt he would definitely move up and fight Alex for this belt, but he’s at the top of the world, man.
Do you think he’s going to fight this guy? He probably wants more of special fights now, easier guys. To go there and fight someone from a previous generation, a former champion, maybe Anderson Silva again, or [Paulo Costa] ‘Borrachinha’ man.
Teixeira further said: [Pereira] at light heavyweight? Poor guy.It’s the fight that gives him the most money, I believe he gets paid double if he fights ‘Poatan’ instead of any other, but guess who he’s going to fight.
It’s like people say, ’If you get paid double, do you do this work?’ ‘I’ll do it, man.’ But it depends. How many people say, ‘I don’t work for that person even if they pay me double’? He’ll be like, ‘I don’t want ‘Poatan’ ever again, man. Especially at light heavyweight’”.