Brazilian knockout finishers, recent debutante, Alex ‘Po Atan’ Pereira, and the streaking stopper, Bruno ‘Blindado’ Silva have been booked to meet at the middleweight limit on March 12. at a UFC Fight Night event. At the time of publication, an official location or venue for the event has yet to be determined by the organization.
Sao Paulo native, Pereira currently boasts a 4-1 professional mixed martial arts record, however, carries over a storied kickboxing résumé that includes both middleweight and light heavyweight title success under the GLORY Kickboxing banner. Pereira, infamously, also holds a pair of victories over current UFC middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya – the second of which, a stunning 2017 left hook knockout.
The steely striker made his much-anticipated UFC bow back in November at Madison Square Garden, rallying from a grappling-heavy opening round to stop Andreas Michailidis with a stunning, second round flying-knee knockout win.
For Paraiba striker, Silva, the former M-1 Global middleweight best has shot through his trio of Octagon opponents since his promotional bow back in July of last year – most recently besting Jordan Wright with a first round knockout at UFC 269 three weeks ago. Combate reporter, Raphael Marinho, and Marcelo Barone were first to report the matchup.
34-year-old striker, Pereira boasted a 40-7 professional kickboxing record ahead of his Octagon debut back in November, immediately showing his striking expertise with his highlight-reel knockout win over Michailidis. Pereira is also a teammate of recently minted undisputed light heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira.
For Silva, the renowned striker has lodged a stunning 19 knockout victories from his 28 fight professional career, finishing his last seven successive outings via that exact method.
After his Octagon debut win over Wellington Turman last year, Silva stopped The Ultimate Fighter 24 winner, Andrew Sanchez with a third round knockout in October – sandwiched between last month’s early finish of Wright.
A light heavyweight showdown between Pereira and Silva’s compatriot, one-time title chaser, Thiago Santos, and Makhachkala native, Magomed Ankalaev is slated to headline that March 12. UFC Fight Night event.
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