UFC 287: Alex Pereira spars with Chuck Liddell at training camp for his bout against Israel Adesanya

In just ten days, Alex Pereira, the reigning middleweight champion of the UFC will be challenged by his old foe Israel Adesanya. Just a few days before the battle, Pereira requested a special sparring partner for the final preparation, and that person turned out to be none other than Chuck Liddell, a UFC veteran.

The middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira is expected to be quite interesting for MMA fans. On April 8 at the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, the two old adversaries will square off again in the main event of UFC 287.

Why did Alex Pereira choose to spar with Chuck Liddell?

Poatan will face The Last Stylebender once again in just five months to defend his title. Although the Brazilian fighter had other plans after defeating Adesanya and winning the title, the Kiwi MMA fighter chose to engage in a rematch right away.

The pressure is now on Pereira to once again demonstrate that Adesanya, the former middleweight champion, is no match for him. Ahead of this once-in-a-lifetime fight, Pereira needed extra motivation to give his best in the sparring session. 

In a recently released video on the Brazilian fighter’s social media, Chuck Liddell was spotted. The former UFC light heavyweight kingpin was seen helping Pereira to do sparring during the training session. Undoubtedly, the current middleweight champ couldn’t have found anyone better to get that extra push to give one hundred percent in the octagon as Chuck revolutionized MMA in the USA. 


Beating Adesanya is not anything new to Alex. Previously, the number one ranked middleweight fighter defeated the two ranked fighters of the division thrice. Other than their last encounter in the UFC 281, Poatan also defeated Izzy twice in kickboxing

Which fighter do you anticipate winning the fight between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya? Submit your theories and predictions in the comments box.

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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