The UFC light heavyweight division has a new champion: Alex Pereira. This is one of the greatest comebacks after a significant setback. Two matches back, Pereira lost his middleweight belt, and in the same year, he managed to become the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Glover Texeira, the former champ, is fascinated by Alex Pereira’s performance and firmly believes that Pereira is totally on a different level when compared to other contenders in the division. Most people thought Alex Pereira would fight Jamahal Hill next, but interestingly, Pereira called out Israel Adesanya.
Hill aims to make a comeback in the 2nd quarter of 2024; until then, Pereira will definitely defend his belt once against a top contender from the light heavyweight division.
Glover Teixeira on Alex Pereira’s rise
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, the former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira shared his honest opinion on Alex Pereira as a fighter and reacts to his potential fight with Jamahal Hill.
“If that’s the fight, I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Teixeira said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “Like I said about Jiri, they’re great warriors – guys that I fought.
Between Jiri and Jamahal, we had 50 minutes there, pretty much. It’s a great fight for Alex. Alex is a different level – he’s a different beast. It was amazing the way the result came out, I’m just so happy for the guy, the way he works.
Teixeira on Pereira vs Prochazka: In the beginning of the round, I was just like, ‘Oh man, when is he going to pick up’ because he was not doing the shots fast. I was like, ‘He’s doing a trap’ or something, or ‘He’s going to get knocked out quick.’ Soon, two minutes into the fight, I knew it was going to be a quick night for Alex”.