The news is finally official. World-class Brazilian kickboxer and former GLORY multi-division champion Alex Pereira has signed with the UFC. ‘Po Atan’ first rose to prominence in the MMA world after the signing in 2018 of now champion Israel Adesanya. Pereira has faced Adesanya inside the ring twice during their long kickboxing career, beating the “Last Stylebender” each time.
Their second fight, a KO victory for Pereira, marked the final bout of Adesanya’s kickboxing career before turning to full-time MMA. And after the Nigerian-born New Zealander signed to the UFC, talks about Pereira’s potential move to MMA have started to gain momentum.
Pereira (33-7 record in kickboxing) will reach the Octagon with just a 3-1 tally when competing with 4-ounce gloves. After taking three MMA fights between 2015 and 2016, he only returned to the sport after a fight in 2020 with the LFA organization. Although he lost his MMA debut by submission, all of Pereira’s other fights have resulted in victories by knockout.
The Glover-trained fighter Teixeira will make his UFC debut on November 6 at Madison Square Garden against Andreas Michailidis. He made the news official with a short video posted on Instagram.
“Hello guys, now it’s official,” Pereira told fans after signing his UFC contract for the camera. “UFC, thank you! I am so happy to be part of the family.
UFC 268 is set to be titled with a pair of title revenges, with Kamaru Usman taking on Colby Covington for the second time, to defend his welterweight belt, and Rose Namajunas again facing Weili Zhang after beating ‘Magnum’ in April for his second stint as strawweight champion. A lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler has also been scheduled for the event.