UFC middleweight contender Alex Pereira returns to action against 185lbs kingpin Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 on November 12 at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York.
Pereira has already put Israel Adesanya to the sword twice in kickboxing prior to the pair putting pen to paper for the UFC – with the second resulting in Adesanya losing via KO. Check below Alex Pereira’s best fights since joining the UFC and how he’s risen so quickly in the franchise.
Alex Pereira UFC Record
Pereira has been a menace since signing for the UFC (6-1-0), with 2 of his fights ending in a finish. A former GLORY two-division champion, the Brazilian is an expert kickboxing champion and owes the majority of his success to his former craft.
Alex Pereira vs. Andreas Michailidis: UFC 268
Alex Pereira made a fairy-tale start to his UFC career – as he sent Andreas Michailidis’ chin into orbit after an emphatic second-round flying knee KO.
The middleweight closed out the preliminary card with a show-stopping finish at Madison Square Garden in New York, back at UFC 268.
Pereira was cautious in the first frame – as Michailidis let his fists go opting for takedowns. Michailidis briefly got a takedown, but for the most part, he controlled Pereira against the cage.
The Brazilian completely overhauled his first frame appearance in the second round – working in some striking and knee attacks to sap the energy of his Greek counterpart.
But just seconds into the midway round, Pereira unloaded a flying knee that caught Michailidis square in the face – folding the Greek to the canvas. The Brazilian followed up with a couple of ground-and-pound shots just to punctuate his victory.
Alex Pereira vs. Sean Strickland: UFC 276
Pereira used the same venomous left hook that knocked out Adesanya to put Sean Strickland on the canvas at UFC 267.
Pereira needed a step up and Strickland was the best option to elevate himself to the title shot. Strickland put Pereira on the defensive from the first horn but the Brazilian used his intuitive counters to keep the looming American at bay.
Strickland continued to cause problems – piercing the Brazilian’s defences with sharp jabs and dangerous kicks.
The Anaheim fighter continued to walk Pereira down, but midway through round 1, he swallowed a blistering left hook that crumbled him to the canvas. He got to his feet but one more pinpointed right hand planted him back on the floor.
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