Khamzat Chimaev has called out Alex Pereira for a challenge.
This past Saturday, Alex Pereira took on Sean Strickland at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV. The main card bout was expected to be a top contender contest with many backing Pereira to win despite going in as an unranked athlete on the roster.
Khamzat Chimaev calls out Alex Pereira
Following Pereira’s stunning first-round knockout win over Strickland, Khamzat Chimaev took to Twitter to call out ‘Poatan’ for a fight next.
“I want to fight with this guy @ufc @danawhite let’s make it.”
Pereira responds to Chimaev’s callout
In an interview with Helen Yee, Pereira talked about ‘Borz’ calling him out. Pereira is eyeing a shot at the current UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya after his win and will likely prioritize it.
“Well, I’m going to keep the same line as I do, seeing what is in front of me not what is ahead of me. Same with Sean Strickland’s fight, people talk about Israel’s fight and I say, look, ‘I got this first.’ Right now, I’m going to take care of my fight with Israel for the title and then after that, we’ll see about that.”
Pereira is the only man to have knocked out ‘Stylebender’, a feat he accomplished in a kickboxing match. The pair fought on two occasions with the Brazilian being the victor both times. Fans have been clamoring for UFC president Dana White to set up the fight between the old foes in MMA.
Adesanya handily defeated Jared Cannonier in the main event of the night to add another title defense. The 185-lbs king wasted no time in promoting a potential outing with ‘Poatan’ next using a family-friendly Disney movie reference.
As for Chimaev, he regularly calls out the rising names in the promotion. He’s been going back and forth with Belal Muhammad to land a spot on the UFC card in Abu Dhabi later this year.