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Pereira is going for the light heavyweight title. He will break even Ankalaev

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 00:59:53

Pereira is going for the light heavyweight title. He will break even Ankalaev

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Alex is big enough to crush any opponent.

Last night, the head of the UFC, Dana White, made a forceful announcement of the tournament numbered UFC 291, where, among other things, the first fight of the Brazilian puncher Alex Pereira in the light heavyweight category will take place. The former middleweight champion of the promotion was expected to face Jan Blachowicz, a top 3 fighter, which means that Alex Pereira is being considered as a potential light heavyweight title contender.

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Pereira’s last fight in the middleweight division turned out to be a failure: he lost the title by knockout to Israel Adesanya. Immediately after the loss, Alex announced that he was changing divisions. The Brazilian has a good chance to jump into a light heavyweight title shot. Everyone is well aware of Alex’s knockout power and how effectively he knows how to use it. Sure, at light heavyweight he’ll lose a significant size advantage, but the skills aren’t going anywhere.

Pereira delivers almost 60% of the accented punches to the opponent, stubbornly seeking his opponents head and using the kickboxing base, shooting to the body and legs along the way. And if a guy nicknamed Poatan brings a piercing left, then it’s going to be hard for any fighter to get back into the fight. At the same time, Alex himself blocks over half (54%) of his opponents’ pointed punches; this is also important.

Pereira is a rather diverse and sophisticated fighter in posture: he skillfully changes the rhythm of the fight, constantly swings the opponent, bets on accuracy, and not on the number of blows, and due to a good width of his arms, he is able to keep the opponent at a distance. Wrestling is a potential problem, but Pereira has a decent 75% takedown defense. Yes, you can remember the round with Adesanya, where Izzy would just “knock down” the Brazilian and he couldn’t get up, but Pereira himself explained that he was saving energy for the final round.

“At first I wanted to get up, I made an attempt, it cost me a lot of strength. I realized that if I do one more, I won’t win the fight, I just won’t have any strength left. And I stopped resisting, that he knocked me down. I rested. If I wasted my strength here, I’d be dead, I’d lose the fight by decision. I only gave it one round to save energy,” Pereira said.

And we must not forget that Pereira still needs to be reached to bring him down. He, as mentioned above, deftly keeps the opponent at a distance, firing jabs, mid kicks and high kicks. And hardly anyone will risk flying from distance at the feet of a kickboxer who can always find you with his knee.

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As for Jan Blachowicz, Pereira’s next opponent, the Pole is clearly not the same as he was a few years ago who held the light heavyweight title. In the last fight, Blachowicz achieved an extremely controversial draw in a duel with Magomed Ankalaev, before that he beat Aleksandar Rakic ​​due to an opponent’s injury, and even before that he lost to Glover Teixeira. The current Blachowicz is not the type of opponent who can seriously oppose Pereira’s “fists of stone”.

Glover Teixeira, by the way, is another trump card in Alex Pereira’s deck. It’s no secret that they train together, and Teixeira, as an experienced fighter, can train Pereira in many ways and make him even more perfect. Alex will shoot just about any light heavyweight fighter without it. Pereira surpasses Blachowicz himself, Magomed Ankalaev, Jiri Prochazka and reigning champion Jamal Hill in striking technique. All these fighters will try to find victory in the fight, and here the important thing is to work with Teixeira, who will take Alex forward in this aspect.

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There is no doubt that after the victory over Blachowicz, Pereira will enter the title fight and his opponent will be Jamal Hill, or whoever manages to take the title from the American during this time. By the way, Ankalaev could be an easy victim for the Brazilian: the fight with Blachowicz showed that Magomed is vulnerable to some blows. One way or another, Pereira is on his way, after a double championship at Glory, to repeat a similar trick at the top MMA organization on the planet, and to do it as soon as possible. Unless it is difficult to combine the belts.

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