Alex Pereira



Title fight scheduled
August 5, 2022
Pereira will fight Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 281 on Nov. 12, reports.
In what should be an intriguing matchup, Pereira will face Adesanya for a first time in a middleweight showdown under MMA rules. The two had previously competed in kickboxing, where Pereira got the best of Adesanya twice, including once via knockout. Pereira will be entering the cage having won all three of his UFC fights, while Adesanya will be looking to make his seventh consecutive title defense.
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Statement win, title shot next?
July 2, 2022
Pereira defeated Sean Strickland via KO (punches) at 2:36 of Round 1 at UFC 276 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Strickland is no pushover, and Pereira ran through him like he wasn't even there. A legitimate 6-foot-4 with elite power and technical striking skills, the Brazilian is a former Glory kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion. Pereira hasn't got a ton of respect as a legitimate title contender at 185 pounds because he has all of seven professional fights under his belt, but he just destroyed a serious threat in Strickland, and the odds are probably better than 50/50 that he is next in line for Israel Adsanya's UFC Middleweight Championship, assuming Adesanya can get by Jared Cannonier (which he did later that evening). Of course, Pereira and Israel fought twice in their kickboxing days, with Alex winning both times, once via unanimous decision in 2016 and the other via knockout in 2017. It would be an epic encounter if we get there. Even if we don't, Pereira seems destined for MMA greatness. Plus, to add to his epic night, he'll take home one of three $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses that were awarded.
Moved to UFC 276
May 4, 2022
Pereira will now take on Sean Strickland at UFC 276 on July 2 after the fight was moved up, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Pereira was originally supposed to match up with Strickland at UFC 277 on July 30, but the fight was moved up Tuesday. The 34-year-old has started his UFC career with two victories and he'll look to stay undefeated when he sees Strickland on July 2. Both men are known for their boxing skills, but Pereira holds the height and reach advantage.
Lands UFC 277 bout
March 26, 2022
Pereira will square off against Sean Strickland on the UFC 277 card on July 30, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Pereira has gotten off to a solid start in his UFC career, most recently taking home a victory versus Bruno Silva earlier this month via unanimous decision. Next up is Strickland, who sports a similar fighting style as primarily a boxer. The two figure to throw plenty of punches back in fourth as a result. Pereira holds both a three-inch height and reach advantages over his opponent.
Star continues to shine
March 12, 2022
Pereira defeated Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Pereira continues to look great despite the fact this was just his sixth professional fight. Silva proved to be a game opponent, but no middleweight other than Israel Adesanya possesses the technique and skills in the stand-up game that Pereira brings to the table. He's so big and so long that it's impossible to prepare for a guy like that in training. Pereira's grappling will never be on the level of his striking and that's the area he needs to continue to work on as his career in mixed martial arts progresses. One of the most decorated kickboxers in the history of the sport, Pereira is best known for knocking out Adesanya in early-2017. The two actually fought twice, with Pereira winning both times. At this rate, it might not be long before we see the two battle a third time.
Second UFC fight scheduled
December 21, 2021
Pereira will take on Bruno Silva on March 12, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Pereira impressed in his UFC debut in November, scoring a TKO win over Andreas Michailidis just 18 seconds into the second round. His opponent, a fellow Brazilian, has also gotten off to a strong start with the promotion, winning all three of his UFC fights thus far, all by TKO or knockout.