An intriguing middleweight matchup between the surging, #4 ranked contender, Sean Strickland, and recent promotional newcomer, kickboxing standout, Alex Pereira is currently in the works for UFC 277 on July 30. – with a location or venue for the pay-per-view event yet to be determined by the promotion.
Undefeated in his last six straight, the outspoken, controversial Sean Strickland most recently headlined UFC Vegas 47 in February, landing a close split decision victory over former Cage Warriors champion, Jack Hermansson.
For Pereira, the former GLORY Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion turned in his second promotional victory at UFC Vegas 50 earlier this month, handing compatriot Bruno Silva his first promotional loss in a unanimous decision victory. ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto was first to report the targeting pairing of Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira, with both parties verbally agreeing to the clash.
Prior to his split judging win over Hermansson, the streaking Strickland returned to the middleweight limit back in October 2020 – and has since embarked on a five-fight winning run through the divisional ranks.
An official headliner for UFC 277 has yet to be determined by the organization
Besting Jack Mashman over the course of three rounds, the Californian would then go on to finish Brendan Allen with strikes, before scoring a pair of unanimous decision triumphs against both Krzysztof Jotko and then Uriah Hall – the latter of which in his first headlining outing for the organization.
Debuting in the UFC back in November of last year at UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden, Pereira, 5-1 as a professional – rallied from a wrestling-heavy first round against Andreas Michailidis to score a highlight-reel second round flying-knee knockout.
Pereira boasts a 33-7 professional kickboxing record, and infamously, holds a pair of career victories over fellow former kickboxer and current undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya – including a high-profile knockout victory.