Machida praises Alex Pereira’s fight IQ, believes he’ll be in UFC title mix

Historical UFC champion Lyoto Machida is the most up-to-date blended martial artist to tell Alex Pereira’s praises as a fighter.

A practicing accomplice of the worn two-division Glory champion, the ‘Dragon’ believes there are no longer many athletes admire ‘Poatan’ within the UFC. Though Pereira is effectively-known for his knockout vitality and kickboxing skills, Lyoto has a bunch of reasons to love Alex.

In an interview with Ag Fight, Machida highlighted Pereira’s intelligence and even when put next his practicing accomplice to his non-public dad, karate grasp Yoshizo Machida. Essentially based entirely on Lyoto, Poatan reveals information that he handiest learned from his father when Lyoto himself become once under practicing.

“He’s very neat. He does and says things that handiest my dad, a grasp, weak to relate me. Things admire: ‘Lyoto, here is the moment to strike, that’s how you strike’. Poatan instinctively has that. As soon as we meet, we handiest inform about combating. Ideas, whether or no longer something would work in a fight. No longer every person has that roughly perception. Somebody can throw a punch or a kick, they can search carry out it on YouTube. However it’s about, when, how, what to carry out. His fight IQ is so a bunch of.”

On story of his intelligence and talents, Machida believes Pereira will quickly be within the title mix within the UFC’s middleweight division. No longer handiest that, nonetheless Lyoto believes that Poatan’s grounded mentality will no longer let his practicing accomplice compile distracted from his plan.

“He’s very grounded. Though his MMA occupation is serene rapid, his background in kickboxing is big. So he’s weak to this roughly hype, that he might perhaps perhaps was a champion, that he’s going to protect end the fight. Because he’s nonetheless and so expert, I mediate that’ll compile him within the title mix.”

Currently on a 3-fight shedding skid, Machida (26-11) dropped choices to Ryan Bader, Phil Davis and Gegard Mousasi in his most up-to-date outings. The 43-year-conventional’s last protect end took role in June 2019, when he TKO’d Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222.

Now, Machida is expected to employ on Fabian Edwards at Bellator 281, on Might maybe perhaps 13, in London, England. The card is scheduled to be headlined by a welterweight bout for the meantime belt between Logan Storley and Michael Page.