Alex Pereira faced a tough setback when he lost his middleweight belt against Israel Adesanya and two matches later he’s the new UFC light heavyweight champion of the world! How fascinating is that? Pereira looked calm and composed in the ring against Jiri Prochazka and did a great job dominating.
In the 2nd round Pereira caught Prochazka with a left hook that made Prochazka fall below his knee and a few shots later the referee called a stoppage and with that 2nd TKO win Alex Pereira became the new UFC light heavyweight champion of the world.
Fans and experts believe it was an early stoppage and Prochazka could easily continue.
However, Prochazka stated that it was the right decision.Alex Pereira called out Israel Adesanya, it will be interesting to see how Adesanya reacts to it.
Alex Pereira on winning the match
In the post-fight interview, Alex Pereira shared his thoughts on the referee stoppage and called out Israel Adesanya.
“I’m not surprised [referee stoppage],” Pereira said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “After the first left hook and another one, he fell down to my legs. I don’t believe it was a bad stoppage. It’s a great honor for me.
I’m not the type of guy to call people out but there’s a guy that back in the day [who] did some interviews and said I was a guy who was just going to stay in the bar, that motivated me. He rescued me from a bar to be here today.
This guy said he just wants to come back and fight in 2027. I think he’s a very talented guy. It’s a waste of talent so I want to rescue him too, to come here and fight. I know that I’m not going to do what he did to me to and make me fight three times to fight him at middleweight.
Pereira on what’ he wants next: I know it’s a guy we have a lot of history. I want to make this fight happen. Adesanya, come to daddy. I’m an active fighter, now an active champion, I know Jamahal is injured so I don’t know if he’ll be back in time because I want to fight real soon”.