Alex Pereira gained fame under the Glory Kickboxing banner before switching to MMA. Under the Glory banner, Pereira achieved remarkable feats as he secured titles in both middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
Although it’s been two years since Pereira last graced the kickboxing stage, his impact hasn’t faded from Glory’s memory. The promotion proudly declared Pereira as the third inductee into their esteemed Hall of Fame, standing alongside legends Joseph Valtellini and Semmy Schilt.
The official announcement came via Glory Kickboxing’s Instagram, featuring a photo of the two-division champion with the caption:
“Congratulations to @alexpoatanpereira on becoming the newest inductee into the GLORY Hall of Fame!”
Pereira’s final kickboxing bout concluded with a majority decision loss to Artem Vakhitov in September 2021. Since then, he’s transitioned to the UFC.
Pereira has demonstrated his prowess with an impressive record of 5-1. Notably, his initial five matches were in the middleweight division, with two of them for world titles.
In April of this year, Pereira lost his UFC middleweight title to his long-standing rival Israel Adesanya. This prompted Pereira to make a strategic shift to light heavyweight, where he won against Jan Blachowicz in a split decision victory on July 29.
Following Pereira’s first light heavyweight triumph in the Octagon, he earned a shot at the vacant title. In the iconic Madison Square Garden, Pereira will be the main event of UFC 295 on November 11 against Jiri Prochazka, the former 205-pound champion who is trying to reclaim his title.
Prochazka’s most recent bout took place in June 2022, culminating in a victory over Glover Teixeira. The match ended up earning him the UFC light heavyweight title. However, a shoulder injury forced Prochazka to give up his title.
Coincidentally, Jamahal Hill also gave up the 205-pound title post-Prochazka as he was injured. Consequently, Prochazka and Pereira find themselves poised to compete for the UFC title. The two will be competing in the highly-anticipated matchup at UFC 295.