Former UFC Middleweight Champion Alex Pereira recently received some valuable advice from heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.
Pereira is coming off a knockout loss to longtime rival Israel Adesanya at UFC 287 on April 8. Pereira appeared to have Adesanya in trouble until “The Last Stylebender” caught his opponent with a four-punch combination that took things in an entirely different direction.
Some fans wanted them to run it back one more time, but Pereira has since decided to change weight classes and fight next as a light heavyweight. “Poatan” will get a chance to get another chance at UFC gold, as he is set to fight former Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291 on July 29. The winner could be in line for a title shot.
Reigning Light Heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill seemed interested to fight Pereira in a title fight, as they have a history with Hill retiring Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 on Jan. 21. However, UFC President Dana White shut it down as he felt Pereira should fight a ranked 205’er first.
Moving to light heavyweight could benefit Pereira as the weight cut should be easier, and he could be one win away from getting another UFC title.
Alex Pereira Reflects On Loss With Tyson Fury
Pereira recently met with Tyson Fury in Melbourne, Australia as he prepares for UFC 291 He posted footage of the encounter on his Youtube Channel. The two fighters spoke a bit about Pereira’s recent loss to Adesanya.
Fury told Pereira that he watched the fight, and “Poatan” responded, “It was going good, you know.”
The boxing superstar told Pereira that taking losses it’s part of the sport, and the former middleweight champion told him you have to take calculated risks to score the big rewards.
After discussing the Adesanya fight, they spoke about kickboxing and took a picture together. Pereira seems to be in a good mindset after his loss and looking forward to his next fight. While he did suffer his first loss in the UFC, Pereira can still be a dangerous opponent for anyone in the light heavyweight division.
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