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“He just can’t fight.” Pereira is the most unique UFC champion

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 05:14:46

Last weekend at UFC 300, a light heavyweight title fight took place between current champion Alex Pereira and former belt holder Jamal Hill. Pereira brutally knocked out the challenger and successfully defended the title.

Alex’s victory caused a strong reaction in the world of mixed martial arts. Perhaps former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier spoke most clearly on this matter.

“I always think: how did Pereira achieve all this? With all due respect to him, he doesn’t know how to fight. He just doesn’t know how to do it. He doesn’t know what to do when someone grabs his leg. He doesn’t understand anything about wrestling, but he has other skills that are so good that they make up for it. He has achieved tremendous success for a person who does not know how to fight,” ESPN quotes Cormier.

Daniel Cormier

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Pereira’s journey in mixed martial arts, like his skills, is unique. The elite kickboxer, Gloria champion in 2015, decided to follow in the footsteps of his eminent opponent, Israel Adesanya, and debuted in MMA. He had an unsuccessful debut: the powerful striker was strangled in the third round. Despite this, the Brazilian returned to the octagon, won three knockout victories and flew to the UFC. Of course, Dana White and the matchmakers wanted to get Alex and Israel together as quickly as possible, so they managed Pereira very competently. Just three wins in the league and the Brazilian won the long-awaited title.

Pereira and Adesanya exchanged spectacular knockouts and, after the loss, Alex decided to move up to light heavyweight. There he defeated Jan Blachowicz and finished off Jiri Prochazka, and then sent Jamal Hill to bed. Eight fights in the UFC, seven victories, five of them over champions, two titles in different divisions – simply fantastic statistics that almost no one can repeat.

How Alex dealt with Hill:

The light heavyweight curse has been lifted. Pereira destroyed Hill and defended the UFC championship belt

And, as Daniel Cormier correctly pointed out, Pereira did so completely without a fight. Blachowicz attempted to fight Alex, but failed to win, and in the remaining fights Pereira imposed his style on all opponents. At middleweight, Alex won due to his size; he was just huge for this division. What can I say: he is too big for a light heavyweight; One day after weighing in before the fight with Hill, Pereira showed 105kg on the scale.

Alex is a very competent drummer who constantly advances his line. He puts enormous pressure on his opponents, forcing them to constantly retreat. Due to his wingspan and arm size, Pereira is able to correctly perceive distance, making it extremely difficult to transfer to Alex: any pass to his legs can end in a counterattack. And let us remind you that Pereira is very well built physically and taking down a guy like that is an extremely difficult task. And an even more difficult task is keeping him on the ground.

Ankalaev should be Pereira’s next opponent:

“I’ll knock you out in the first round.” After UFC 300, Ankalaev was even closer to the title.

Cormier is right that Pereira achieved everything without a fight. He simply doesn’t need it: he himself doesn’t like to fight, and his rivals, at least the ones that existed, either didn’t want to or couldn’t go fight with Alex. But this does not mean at all that the Brazilian does not know how to do it. Alex trains with Glover Teixeira and no matter who, Glover understands wrestling and probably practices both grappling and ground wrestling with Pereira. Alex just doesn’t use it, it’s not necessary yet.

The Brazilian has excellent standing technique, Pereira eliminates his opponents with a series of armbars, actively uses kicks on different floors and inserts hard knees, especially in the clinch. All this was enough for him to eliminate five former champions and take two belts at different weights. Everyone saw Pereira’s fights, they knew what he was like, they understood that perhaps wrestling was the key to success. But no one made it happen because Alex didn’t let them do it.

Alex Pereira

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Of course, there were no top-level fighters among the Brazilian’s opponents yet, which makes the fight with Magomed Ankalaev look potentially very interesting. The Russian feels very good on the stand, but at the same time his fighting level is much higher than that of all of Pereira’s other opponents. Also of interest is a possible heavyweight fight with Tom Aspinall, which would be a real test for the Brazilian.

But for now, Pereira simply destroys everything that gets in his way. The Brazilian forces his opponents to play by his rules, and Alex has no equal in these rules.

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