The stakes are elevated than ever, says Alex Pereira.
Absorbing six fights into his MMA career, Pereira (5-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) thinks UFC 276 will seemingly punch (or kick) his designate into the on-deck circle for whoever holds the belt following the match’s conclusion.
“Whoever wins this fight will salvage whoever is the champion subsequent,” Pereira no longer too lengthy ago informed MMA Junkie by means of a translator. “And it’s colossal on epic of I in truth enjoy a decided course forward for me, I already know what’s going to be subsequent and that makes me very excited.”
At the muse scheduled to fight July 30 vs. Sean Strickland (25-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 277 in Dallas, the matchup became once preserved nonetheless expedited three weeks forward to UFC 276, July 2 in Las Vegas – an recurring circulate by the promotion. As fans looked up and down the UFC 276 lineup, many theorized the circulate became once intentional by the UFC, spicy about who’s atop it.
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) defends his title against Jared Cannonier (15-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) within the principle match. From the 2d he joined the UFC, Pereira became once linked to the champion, who he holds two kickboxing wins over – including an April 2016 knockout.
A brutal knockout of Andreas Michailidis and a laborious-fought chance rob against Bruno Silva enjoy most productive constructed the anticipation more for the now 34-One year-extinct to salvage paired with Adesanya.
Highest a featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway separates Adesanya and Pereira from wins that will align the next UFC middleweight title fight.
Pereira isn’t particular if it became once a coincidence they’re on the similar card, nonetheless he’s confident the UFC’s blueprint after July 2 will seemingly be to enjoy him fight the principle match winner, who he points out, would possibly presumably be Cannonier.
“I feel Adesanya is the favourite, nonetheless every little thing can happen in a fight,” Pereira stated. “If he makes a mistake he can salvage caught and be knocked out. I will’t gaze him losing by chance, nonetheless I feel Cannonier has an staunch chance of knocking him out or submitting him – more seemingly knocking him out. But I factor in Adesanya is the favourite. In the tip, it doesn’t subject to me who wins that fight, My purpose is the belt. So correct fight for them. I’m very confident I’ll be the challenger of the winner subsequent.”
A formulation or any other, Pereira recognizes the UFC’s religion in him. The promotion put apart him in a colossal-time slot against a vital contender in Sean Strickland. He sees colossal issues on the horizon.
“We gaze there’s an passion of getting me to fight to the title, especially if Adesanya is the champion, as all people has been talking about it,” Pereira stated. “But to me, no subject who’s there, I are making an are attempting to be the champion. But the UFC thinking admire here is (all correct) with me.”