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Light Heavyweight Division

#2 PFP



Alex Pereira

Light Heavyweight Division

11-2-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Alex Pereira

athlete record


Learn more about Alex Pereira's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Trains at
Teixeira MMA & Fitness-Bethel, CT
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Nov. 6, 2021
Leg reach
  • MMA pro since 2015
  • Nine wins by KO
  • Four first-round finishes
  • Lost pro debut; 11-1 since
  • Has won 11 of his last 12 and four in a row 
  • Reported 33-7, 21 KOs pro kickboxing record
  • Holds kickboxing wins over Adesanya (twice) and Dustin Jacoby
  • Origin of nickname: “It's an indigenous name.”

UFC 303 (6/29/24) Pereira knocked out Jiří Procházka at :13 of the second round to defend his UFC light heavyweight title

UFC 300 (4/13/24) Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill at 3:14 of the first round to retain his UFC light heavyweight title 

UFC 295 (11/11/23) Pereira stopped Jiří Procházka via strikes at 4:08 of the second round to win the vacant UFC light heavyweight title 

UFC 291 (7/29/23) Pereira won a three round split decision over Jan Błachowicz 

UFC 287 (4/8/23) Pereira was knocked out by Israel Adesanya at 4:21 of the second round, losing his UFC middleweight title 

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Pereira stopped Israel Adesanya via strikes at 2:01 of the fifth round to win the UFC middleweight title 

UFC 276 (7/2/22) Pereira knocked out Sean Strickland at 2:36 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (3/12/22) Pereira won a three round unanimous decision over Bruno Silva

UFC 268 (11/6/21) Pereira stopped Andreas Michailidis via strikes at :18 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2009 to have a better quality of life and mostly to get away from alcohol.

What ranks and titles have you held? I was Glory Kickboxing's simultaneous Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion. I defended my MW belt five times.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's very important for me because the financial possibilities in the UFC are very high. I have a great chance to give my family a better life and take care of them.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as a tire repairman.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 25-3 Kickboxing record. 

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Kickboxing black belt

Favorite grappling technique: Anaconda choke

Favorite Striking technique: Boxing combinations