Alex Pereira, the former UFC Middleweight champion, is set to make a thrilling comeback in the octagon. Having transitioned to the light-heavyweight division, Pereira is ready to embrace a fresh challenge.
After suffering a devastating knockout loss to his long-time rival, Israel Adesanya, in April, Pereira is determined to showcase his power in a different weight class against a formidable new opponent.
The light-heavyweight division has seen some intriguing developments in recent times. Notably, the former champion Jon Jones has moved up and triumphed in the heavyweight division, leaving a void to be filled.
Currently, Jamahal Hill holds the title of defending champion, adding to the division’s excitement. Adding further to the mix is the arrival of Alex, the former middleweight champion, who still retains his position at the top of the UFC’s official middleweight rankings.
Pereira returns to the UFC
In an exciting announcement, the UFC has confirmed Pereira’s next fight, which will be against the light-heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz. This upcoming clash promises to be a compelling battle between two talented fighters from different weight classes.
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With Pereira eager to prove his mettle in his new division. Fans are eagerly anticipating this highly-anticipated matchup, as both athletes prepare to leave their mark in the light-heavyweight division.
Alex will face a formidable task in Blachowicz, who poses a significant challenge with his exceptional skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Currently sitting at the third spot in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.
The Polish fighter holds a remarkable distinction of being the only non-Brazilian athlete to defeat Adesanya. The much-anticipated showdown between Pereira and Blachowicz is set to take place at UFC 291, scheduled for July at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pereira’s decision to venture into a new weight class rather than aiming to reclaim the belt he once held is a bold move. It signifies his determination to make a resounding comeback on his own terms.
Alex Pereira calculates his next move
Embracing fresh challenges and testing his skills against a diverse range of opponents. This calculated risk highlights Alex’s unwavering confidence in his abilities and his hunger to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the light-heavyweight division.
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After securing a fight against Blachowicz, Pereira couldn’t contain his excitement and promptly expressed his reaction.
“My next opponent is Jan Blachowicz. He is a dangerous guy, an experienced guy,” Pereira said on his YouTube channel. “…but I think it’s a good first fight for me. When I say my first fight, some people may think, ‘Oh that’s an easy opponent.”
The anticipation surrounding this bout is palpable, with fans eagerly awaiting the clash between these two talented fighters. Adding to the intrigue is Pereira’s decision to train with Glover Teixeira, who previously defeated Blachowicz at UFC 267.
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Fans are curious to see if Teixeira’s guidance and expertise will prove beneficial for Pereira in his debut at 205 pounds. All eyes will be on this highly anticipated matchup to witness the outcome of this new training alliance.
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