Alex Pereira just required 3 UFC wins prior to he obtained a title chance at the middleweight title. He may need to wait also much less at light heavyweight.
The previous UFC middleweight champ beat previous light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz by split choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in his weight course launching at UFC 291 on Saturday, making his situation as a leading challenger for the promo’s most mobile belt.
The win had not been without conflict, with several on social networks claiming Blachowicz had the far better battle.
Debate or otherwise, a sway Blachowicz is a rather terrific method to present on your own to a light heavyweight department that hasn’t seen a secure champ given that the days of Jon Jones. The department has actually lacked a champ given that Jamahal Hillside abandoned the belt because of a burst Achilles ligament. Blachowicz formerly dealt with Magomed Ankalaev to a debatable draw the last time it was uninhabited, as well as Ankalaev numbers to obtain an additional shot quickly, while Hillside as well as fellow previous champ Jiří Procházka recoup from injuries.
“My focus is always the belt,” Pereira stated with an interpreter after the battle “I want to fight for the belt, it doesn’t matter against who.”
Pereira came to light heavyweight after beating UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya by fifth-round TKO, after that shedding the belt in a rematch using second-round KO. As opposed to opt for a trilogy versus a competitor he notoriously defeat two times throughout his kickboxing job, Pereira went up a department.