Who will face Alex Pereira, Israel Adesanya, Zhang Weili, Dustin Poirier, and others after UFC 281?
Long before he entered the Octagon on Saturday night to face Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 281, Alex Pereira had demonstrated to us that it could be done. The “Last Style Bender” and Pereira were both kickboxers at the time, and Pereira had defeated “The Last Style Bender” twice, giving Adesanya his lone knockout loss during his combat sports career.
Alex Pereira, a Brazilian kickboxing prodigy, might soon join the UFC. The 32-year-old kickboxer boasts a 41-6-0 record with 30 knockouts in the professional ring. In 2016, he defeated Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion of the UFC at the time. Pereira won the interim GLORY light heavyweight title in 2019, after being the global middleweight champion in 2017. In the GLORY light heavyweight rankings, he is rated first.
Although Alex Pereira has only ever concentrated on kickboxing, he has professional MMA experience. He hasn’t fought inside a cage since 2016 and has a professional record of 2-1.
In December of last year, Israel Adesanya indicated a desire to challenge him inside the Octagon before his bout with Ertugrul Bayrak.
Adesanya is one of the best strikers in MMA, but in kickboxing, he is similar to many other fighters in that he is good but over time didn’t improve, according to Pereira. He is but one of many.
“I don’t condemn Adesanya. I am aware that your striking will likely deteriorate a little bit in MMA because of the overall nature of the sport. My striking is definitely going to get a little worse when I join MMA, so maybe Adesanya experienced the same thing.
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