Alex Pereira’s transition from the world of kickboxing to MMA ought to actually concern the perfect light-heavyweights on this planet.
The reigning GLORY Kickboxing middleweight champion signed to struggle within the Legacy Combating Alliance and moved to 3-1 on Friday night time with a sometimes brutal knockout.
For people who don’t know, the Brazilian is the one man to knock out reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya earlier than the New Zealander transitioned to MMA himself.
Detonating his well-known left hook to perfection, Pereira delivered probably the most devastating knockouts of the yr when he stopped Thomas Powell lifeless in his tracks within the first spherical.
Because the shot ricocheted off his cranium, Powell slumped despondently to the canvas and landed on his face as he lay inclined.
Pereira’s celebrations had been understandably muted because it took his opponent a full 5 minutes to take a seat up after regaining consciousness. In accordance with stories, he was not even conscious he had even fought, though fortunately he left the cage on his personal accord.
The 33-year-old had not fought in MMA since 2016, however trains with Glover Teixeira and holds a call win over Adesanya in addition to the stoppage.
“I’m very glad to be in MMA,” Pereira mentioned via an interpreter. “I’ve been coaching with Glover Teixeira for 3-Four months, and I’m pleased with the outcomes.”