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Former UFC middleweight (83.9kg) champion Alex Pereira ( Brazil) will conquer the mixed martial arts (MMA) second weight class following kickboxing.
Pereira will compete with former champion Yuri Prohaska ( Czech Republic) for the title of empty light heavyweight (93kg) at the main event of "UFC 295: Prohaska vs Pereira" at Madison Square Garden in New York on the 12th (Korea Standard Time)
For the first time in history, I'm going to try to conquer two weight classes in Kickboxing and MMA's top organization. In 2021, Pereira won two weight class championships at Glory, the top standing martial arts organization, in the middleweight (85kg) and light heavyweight (95kg), and has since completely turned to MMA, beating Israel Adesanya (34, New Zealand/Nigeria) in a year to win the top organization, the UFC Middleweight, and is aiming for a light heavyweight title.
His opponent is former champion Prohaska, who lost the title due to a shoulder injury. Jamaal Hill (U.S.), who won the championship during his absence from ProHaska, also lost the title due to an Achilles injury. After recovering from his injury, he regained his throne, which he had never been deprived of, and his talent was an aggressive strike with power and creativity.
It's also a fight of revenge for Pereira. Prohaska stole the champion's belt from Pereira's coach Glover Teixeira (Brazil) at UFC 275 in June last year. Pereira said at a media day on the 9th, "Prohaska is definitely a tough opponent," but added, "Glover was winning until he got revenge. "The experience he has (before this game) is very important to me," he said confidently.
Prohaska acknowledged his opponent, saying, "I think Pereira's batting is much sharper than Jamahal Hill's batting," but he has no fear even during a long hiatus. "When I gave up the belt, I had no fear that I would not be a champion again after recovering," he said. "I only believed that he would get the belt back."
"The champion belt is still in my room," he said. I still consider myself a champion. But this time, I have to remind everyone that I'm a real champion."
In the co-main event, second-place Sergei Pavlovic (31, Russia) and fourth-place Tom Aspinal (Britain) will play the UFC heavyweight title, which is expected to be another exciting match as it is a match between the big guns that boast 100% finish rate in the UFC.
The winner of the fight will face the winner of the UFC heavyweight title match between John Jones (USA) and Steph Miocic (USA), which has been postponed until next year.
Saturday, November 11, 2023