Alex Pereira, 35, also known as “Poatan” from Brazil pulled off an upset against Israel Adesanya, 33, also known as “The Last Stylebender” via Tecnical Knock Out.
The event was held at the Madison Square Garden, New York.
Referee Mark Goddard put a stop to the main event at minute 2:01 of the fifth round
This defeat ends the Stylebender’s reign atop the middleweight division.
Heading into the contest, Pereira already had two wins over Adesanya in professional kickboxing, including a brutal knockout in 2017.
Adesanya took down Pereira in Round 3, exhausting the Brazilian fighter with ground and pound from behind.
“The Last Stylebender” was in full control of the fight through the fourth round, in which both fighters seemed to have saved their energy for the final five minutes.
Pereira connected a handful of consecutive, powerful strikes to Adesanya’s face, forcing the stoppage by the referee.
If it wasn’t for the TKO, Adesanya would have surely won via unanimous decision, but Pereira proved to be his kryptonite, stealing his title belt and remaining undefeated in the UFC.