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Alex Pereira
BornAlex Sandro Silva Pereira[1]
(1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 36)
São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil
Other namesPoatan ("Hands of Stone")
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (MMA, Kickboxing)
Light heavyweight (MMA, Kickboxing)
Cruiserweight (Boxing)
Reach79 in (200 cm)[2]
StyleKickboxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBethel, Connecticut, United States
TeamTeixeira MMA & Fitness (2020–present)[3][4]
TrainerVinicius Reviravolta, Glover Teixeira
RankBlack belt in Kickboxing[5]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Plinio Cruz[6]
Years active2010–present (kickboxing)
2015–present (MMA)[4]
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Kickboxing record
Total40
Wins33
By knockout21
Losses7
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
Total11
Wins9
By knockout7
By decision2
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Last updated on: 23 November 2020

Alex Sandro Silva Pereira[1] (born 7 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and a former UFC Middleweight Champion. He is the first UFC fighter to become champion in both the Middleweight and Light heavyweight divisions of the organization. He is also one of 9 fighters in UFC history to become champion in two different weight divisions. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory middleweight and light heavyweight champion, and is the first and only fighter to have held Glory titles in two weight classes simultaneously. Pereira also competed in promotions such as It's Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT Fighting Championship in kickboxing, and for Jungle Fight and Legacy Fighting Alliance in MMA. As of 14 November 2023, he is #5 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[7]

Pereira was ranked #1 in the kickboxing middleweight and light-heavyweight rankings in February 2021.[8]

Early life

Growing up in a favela, Pereira dropped out of middle school to begin working as a bricklayer's assistant[9] and later in a tire shop.[10] Influenced by his colleagues, he began drinking and eventually became an alcoholic.[10] In 2009 he began training kickboxing in order to get rid of his addiction.[11]

Kickboxing career

He won the Glory 14: Zagreb - Middleweight Contender Tournament in Zagreb, Croatia on 8 March 2014, beating Dustin Jacoby by first-round knockout in the semi-finals and Sahak Parparyan by majority decision in the final.[12][13]

It was announced during the Glory 15: Istanbul broadcast that Pereira would be one of eight fighters competing in the Glory 17: Los Angeles - Last Man Standing middleweight tournament in Inglewood, California, United States on 21 June 2014.[14][15] He lost to eventual champion Artem Levin by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals to exit the tournament.[16][17][18]

He was scheduled to fight a rematch with César Almeida during WGP Kickboxing 25 for the vacant belt WGP Middleweight title. He defeated Almeida by decision.[19] He defended his WGP KB title with a second-round KO of Maycon Silva at WGP KB 40.[20]

In his next five fights, Pereira went on a 4–1 run, losing only to the pound for pound great Artur Kyshenko.[21] During this run Pereira achieved his most famous victories, defeating the future UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya twice: once by unanimous decision, and once by a counter left hook KO.[22][23][24]

Pereira won the Glory Middleweight title with a unanimous decision win against Simon Marcus at Glory 46: China.[25]

Glory Middleweight Championship

Pereira met Yousri Belgaroui at the Glory 40 and Glory 49 Superfight Series,[26][27] and then in 2018 in New York Madison Square Garden at the Glory 55 for the Middleweight Title Match, where Belgaroui had received the overhand right knockout at 2:29 of Round 1.[28][29] For Pereira, it was the 28th career victory and the sixth inside the Glory ring.[26]

In November 2018, Pereira said he would pursue MMA career after his contract with Glory will expire in April 2019.[30] Eventually, Pereira re-signed with Glory with possibility to fight in the mixed martial arts also.[31]

After four straight successful Glory middleweight title defenses (against Yousri Belgaroui, Simon Marcus and Jason Wilnis),[32][33][34] Pereira moved up to fight Donegi Abena for the interim Glory Light Heavyweight Championship at Glory 68. Pereira won the fight via knockout in the third round, becoming the first double champion in Glory history.[35]

After winning the Light Heavyweight Championship, Pereira opted to defend his middleweight title against Ertugrul Bayrak at Glory Collision 2 on 21 December 2019. After largely dominating the first round, he won the bout via knockout at the end of the round.[36]

Glory Light Heavyweight Championship

Pereira was scheduled to challenge Artem Vakhitov for the Glory Light Heavyweight title at Glory 77.[37] Pereira won the fight by split decision, becoming the first fighter in GLORY history to simultaneously hold two belts at the same time.[38]

Pereira was later stripped of his Middleweight title.[39]

Pereira rematched Artem Vakhitov at Glory 78: Rotterdam in his first title defense.[40][41] He lost the rematch by majority decision. Pereira was deducted one point in round 4 due to repeated clinching, which was seen by many as a controversial decision by the referee.[42]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Transitioning from kickboxing, Pereira made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2015 at Jungle Fight 82 against Quemuel Ottoni [pt], losing the fight via submission.[43][44] He continued at Jungle Fight subsequently racking up two straight victories against Marcelo Cruz and Marcus Vinicius Silveira, with a KO and TKO respectively. Pereira announced he had signed a contract to face Diego Henrique da Silva in the Brazilian edition of Dana White's Contender Series on August 10, 2018.[45] However, the bout never materialized as Glory did not permit Pereira to compete.[46]

On October 22, 2020, news surfaced that Pereira had signed a contract with Legacy Fighting Alliance and he then made his promotional debut against Thomas Powell on November 20, 2020.[47] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[48]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On September 3, 2021, Pereira signed with the UFC. He made his promotional debut against Andreas Michailidis on November 6, 2021, at UFC 268.[49] He won the fight via technical knock out in round two.[50] This win earned him a Performance of the Night award.[51]

Pereira faced Bruno Silva on March 12, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 203.[52] Pereira outstruck Silva for all three rounds and won the fight via unanimous decision.[53]

Pereira was scheduled to face Sean Strickland on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[54] However, the promotion decided to move the pairing to UFC 276 on July 2, 2022.[55] Pereira won the fight after knocking Strickland out in the first round.[56] This win earned him a Performance of the Night award,[57] and Crypto.com Fan Bonus of the Night third place award which paid in bitcoin of US$10,000.[58]

UFC Middleweight Championship

Pereira faced Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281.[59] He won the bout via technical knockout in the fifth round.[60] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[61]

A rematch between Pereira and Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship took place on April 8, 2023, at UFC 287.[62] He lost the bout via knockout in the final minute of round two.[63]

Move to Light Heavyweight

On 13 April 2023, Pereira announced via Twitter that he was moving up to the Light Heavyweight division.[64]

Pereira faced former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz on July 29, 2023 at UFC 291.[65] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[66]

Pereira faced former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jiří Procházka for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt on November 11, 2023, at UFC 295.[67] He won the bout via TKO stoppage in the second round to win the title.[68] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[69] This victory made Pereira the 9th fighter in UFC history to become champion in two different weight divisions.[70]

Personal life

Pereira has two sons with his ex-wife.[71]

Pereira has indigenous ancestry from the Pataxó tribe.[10][72] His nickname "Poatan"[73] means "Stone Hands" in the Tupi language, which however is not the ethnic language of the Pataxó.[74] The nickname was given to him by his first kickboxing trainer Belocqua Wera, who was also responsible for helping Pereira discover his indigenous ancestry.[75]

He has a younger sister, Aline Pereira, who competes for Glory[76] and had her MMA debut on November 18, 2022.[77]

Championships and awards

Mixed martial arts

Kickboxing

Professional

Amateur

Awards

  • Glory
    • Glory Fighter of the Year 2019

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 9 wins 2 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 2 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–2 Jiří Procházka TKO (elbows) UFC 295 November 11, 2023 2 4:08 New York City, New York, United States Won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 8–2 Jan Błachowicz Decision (split) UFC 291 July 29, 2023 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Loss 7–2 Israel Adesanya KO (punches) UFC 287 April 8, 2023 2 4:21 Miami, Florida, United States Lost the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Israel Adesanya TKO (punches) UFC 281 November 12, 2022 5 2:01 New York City, New York, United States Won the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 6–1 Sean Strickland KO (punches) UFC 276 July 2, 2022 1 2:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 5–1 Bruno Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Andreas Michailidis TKO (flying knee and punches) UFC 268 November 6, 2021 2 0:18 New York City, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 3–1 Thomas Powell KO (punch) LFA 95 November 20, 2020 1 4:04 Park City, Kansas, United States
Win 2–1 Marcus Vinicius da Silveira TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 87 May 21, 2016 2 4:55 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–1 Marcelo Cruz KO (punches) Jungle Fight 85 January 23, 2016 1 4:07 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Quemuel Ottoni Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 82 October 24, 2015 3 2:52 São Paulo, Brazil Middleweight debut.

[96]

Pay-per-view bouts

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
1. UFC 281 Adesanya vs. Pereira November 12, 2022 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York, United States Not Disclosed[97]
2. UFC 287 Pereira vs. Adesanya 2 April 8, 2023 Kaseya Center Miami, Florida, United States Not Disclosed[98]
3. UFC 295 Procházka vs. Pereira November 11, 2023 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York, United States Not Disclosed[99]

Kickboxing record

Professional kickboxing record (incomplete)
33 wins (21 KOs), 7 losses (2 KOs)
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2021-09-04 Loss Russia Artem Vakhitov Glory 78: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands Decision (Majority) 5 3:00
Loses the Glory Light Heavyweight Championship.
2021-01-30 Win Russia Artem Vakhitov Glory 77: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands Decision (Split) 5 3:00
Wins the Glory Light Heavyweight Championship.
2019-12-21 Win Turkey Ertugrul Bayrak Glory Collision 2 Arnhem, Netherlands KO (Left Hook) 1 3:00
Defends the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2019-09-28 Win Suriname Donegi Abena Glory 68: Miami Miami, United States KO (Left Hook) 3 2:08
Wins the interim Glory Light Heavyweight Championship.
2019-05-17 Win Netherlands Jason Wilnis Glory 65: Utrecht Utrecht, Netherlands KO (Left Flying Knee) 1 1:31
Defends the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2018-09-14 Win Canada Simon Marcus Glory 58: Chicago Chicago, United States Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Defends the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2018-07-20 Win Tunisia Yousri Belgaroui Glory 55: New York New York, United States KO (Right Hook) 1 2:16
Defends the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2017-12-09 Win Tunisia Yousri Belgaroui Glory 49: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 3 1:54
Defends the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2017-10-14 Win Canada Simon Marcus Glory 46: China Guangzhou, China Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins the Glory Middleweight Championship.
2017-09-16 Win Brazil Maycon Silva WGP Kickboxing 40[100] Paraná, Brazil KO (Left Hook) 2 2:00
Defends the WGP Kickboxing -85 kg title.[101]
2017-04-29 Loss Tunisia Yousri Belgaroui Glory 40: Copenhagen, Final Copenhagen, Denmark Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2017-04-29 Win Albania Burim Rama Glory 40: Copenhagen, Semi Final Copenhagen, Denmark TKO (Right Hook) 3 1:42
2017-03-04 Win Nigeria Israel Adesanya Glory of Heroes 7 Sao Paulo, Brazil KO (Left Hook) 3 N/A
2016-07-31 Loss Ukraine Artur Kyshenko Kunlun Fight 48 Jining, China TKO (Punches) 2 2:55
2016-05-08 Win Brazil Junior Alpha WGP Kickboxing 30 Brazil KO (Right Hook) 4 N/A
2016-04-02 Win Nigeria Israel Adesanya Glory of Heroes 1 China Decision (Unanimous) 5 N/A
2015-07-25 Win Brazil César Almeida WGP Kickboxing 25[102] São Paulo, Brazil Decision 5 3:00
Wins the vacant WGP Kickboxing -85 kg title.[101]
2015-04-03 Loss Netherlands Jason Wilnis Glory 20: Dubai - Middleweight Contender Tournament, Semi Finals Dubai, UAE Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-12-20 Win Chile Ivan Galaz WGP Kickboxing 24 São Paulo, Brazil TKO (Three Knockdowns) 2 N/A
2014-09-27 Win Canada Robert Thomas WGP Kickboxing 22[103] Brazil Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-06-21 Loss Russia Artem Levin Glory 17: Los Angeles - Middleweight Last Man Standing Tournament, Quarter Finals Inglewood, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-04-26 Win Russia Aleksandr Dmitrenko WGP SUPER 4[104] São Paulo, Brazil Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2014-03-08 Win Armenia Sahak Parparyan Glory 14: Zagreb - Middleweight Contender Tournament, Final Zagreb, Croatia Decision (Majority) 3 3:00
Wins the Glory Middleweight Contender Tournament.
2014-03-08 Win United States Dustin Jacoby Glory 14: Zagreb - Middleweight Contender Tournament, Semi Finals Zagreb, Croatia KO (Left Hook) 1 2:02
2013-12-21 Loss Brazil César Almeida WGP Kickboxing 17, Final São Paulo, Brazil Decision 3 N/A
2013-12-21 Win Uruguay Camilo Ferraz WGP Kickboxing 17, Semi Final São Paulo, Brazil KO (Right Knee) 1 N/A
2013-08-24 Win Argentina Matías Adaro WGP Kickboxing 15 São Paulo, Brazil KO (Right Cross) 2 N/A
Wins the WAKO Pro Panamerican -85 kg/187 lb Championship K-1 Rules.
2013-03-23 Win Brazil César Almeida SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes 2 São Caetano, Brazil Decision (Unanimous) 3 N/A
2012-11-10 Loss Netherlands Jason Wilnis It's Showtime 60 São Paulo, Brazil TKO (Retirement) 2 N/A
Fight was for vacant It's Showtime 85MAX Championship.
2012-09-16 Win Brazil Felipe Micheletti WGP Kickboxing 9 São Paulo, Brazil Decision (Unanimous) 3 N/A
2012-07-07 Win Brazil Clei Silva WGP Kickboxing, Final São Paulo, Brazil Decision 3 N/A
Wins the WGP Kickboxing -85 kg title.[105][106]
2012-07-07 Win Brazil Fabio Alberto WGP Kickboxing, Semi finals São Paulo, Brazil KO 1 N/A
2012-03-31 Win Brazil Clei Silva Jungle Fight 37 São Paulo, Brazil Decision (Unanimous) 3 N/A
Wins the Brazilian -85 kg/187 lb Championship K-1 Rules.
Amateur kickboxing record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2013-10 Loss Lithuania Sergej Maslobojev W.A.K.O World Championships 2013, K-1 Final -91 kg Guaruja, Brasil Decision 3 2:00
Wins W.A.K.O. World Championship '13 K-1 Silver Medal -91 kg.
2013-10 Win Italy Mattia Faraoni W.A.K.O World Championships 2013, K-1 Semi Finals -91 kg Guaruja, Brasil Decision (Split) 3 2:00
2013-10 Win New Zealand Selby Devereux W.A.K.O World Championships 2013, K-1 Quarter Finals -91 kg Guaruja, Brasil N/A N/A N/A
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Professional boxing record

1 fight 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Win 1–0 Brazil Marcelo de Souza Cruz TKO 3 (4) Jun 17, 2017 Brazil Hotel Golden Park, Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil

See also

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Achievements
Preceded by 5th UFC Middleweight Champion
November 12, 2022 – April 8, 2023
Succeeded by