Reigning GLORY Kickboxing light heavyweight champion, Alex ‘Po Atan’ Pereira is set to concentrate entirely on professional mixed martial arts following his Glory 78: Arnhem title defense this weekend — penning a multi-fight deal with the UFC ahead of a promotional bow at UFC 268 on Nov 5. against Andreas Michailids at Madison Square Garden.
The Brazilian striking sensation is set to take co-headlining status at Glory 78 this weekend in a title rematch against previous foe, Artem Vakhitov.
Reports emerged last night from Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf — detailing how following his title re-run with Vakhitov this weekend, Pereira, 3-1 as a professional mixed martial artist, would sign with the UFC ahead of a move to the promotion later this year.
Per a report this afternoon from BJPENN.com reporter, Alfredo Zullino — Pereira has already booked his debut outing for the Dana White-led promotion — drawing two-fight Octagon veteran, Michailidis on the already stacked UFC 268 card in two months’ time.
33-9 as a professional kickboxer, MMA fans have clamoured about a potential full-time transition for Pereira, given the fact the Sao Paulo native holds a pair of victories over defending UFC middleweight champion, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya.
Initially meeting back in April 2016 — Pereira took home a highly controversial unanimous decision win over the Nigerian-Kiwi — before he became the first and currently only competitor to stop Adesanya across combat sports as he finished the City Kickboxing counter striker with a left hook after a one-sided performance from current UFC gold holder in prior rounds.
Last competing professionally in mixed martial arts in November of last year, Pereira stopped Justin Powell with a stunning one-punch knockout at LFA 195 — in his first outing in over four-years.
The 34-year-old was scheduled to feature on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2018 against Diego Henrique da Silva. However, contractual obligations to GLORY Kickboxing prevented the Brazilian from competing.
Pereira vs. Michailidis adds to an already eye-catching pay-per-view card on November 5 — with reigning welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman defending his throne against Colby Covington in a title rematch in the night’s headliner. In the co-main event, another title rematch, as two-time strawweight queen, Rose Namajunas carries on her rivalry with former gold holder, Zhang Weili.
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