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Jamahal Hill urges Alex Pereira to focus on Adesanya: ‘He was getting his ass whooped’

“Poatan” continues to call out “Sweet Dreams,” but he’ll have to get past “Last Stylebender” first. Hill doesn’t think he’ll pull that off.

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Alex Pereira is currently preparing for his second title fight against Israel Adesanya in mixed martial arts (MMA) on at UFC 287 on April 8, 2023. That hasn’t stopped “Poatan” from continuing to eye newly-minted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight kingpin, Jamahal Hill.

Hill mangled Pereira’s friend and training partner, Glover Teixeira, at UFC 283 (watch it). Since then, Pereira has made it no secret that he plans on moving up to 205 pounds and exacting revenge sooner or later. Sooner is perfectly fine for the Middleweight champion: he suggested Hill be the backup fighter for Adesanya in April.

“If the UFC wants, if by chance Israel pulls out, they can put Jamahal Hill on standby for a light heavyweight fight on the same night,” Pereira said during an interview with ESPN.

In a new interview with The Schmo, Hill responded to that unorthodox request.

“That’s another weird one, like me being a backup fighter for another weight class 20 pounds under me?” he said. “Which ... how much they paying, you know? Yeah, no.

“I think he should really focus on Izzy because he was getting his ass whopped for a good majority of that fight last time, before he won,” Hill continued. “Where was that quick stop energy at when I was on top of his boy? Because that was the same ref, right?”

Hill doesn’t even expect “Poatan” to get past Adesanya in the rematch, despite Pereira being undefeated (3-0) against “The Last Stylebender” across multiple combat sports.

“No, nah,” he said. “I think he got some things happen for him like the leg check at the end. I think if Izzy just throws hands – just box him, just be quick and outbox him, he’ll win.”

Pereira and Adesanya collide for the fourth time at UFC 287 in Miami, Fla., on April 8, 2023. Also on the pay-per-view (PPV) card: a Welterweight scrap between Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal.

As for Hill, he’s taking some time after winning the belt last month. His future seems dependent on how quickly former 205-pound champ Jiri Prochazka’s shoulder heals. If “Denisa” can fight by summer, that’s the fight to make. Otherwise, UFC could throw him in with one of the many contenders at 205 pounds who are eager to get another shot at the Light Heavyweight title.


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