- Alex Pereira said he’s focused on beating Israel Adesanya but would fight anybody once he became the new middleweight champion
- “Poatan” addressed the idea of moving up to light heavyweight if he beat Izzy
Apart from Paddy Pimblett, Alex Pereira has become one of the most promising UFC rising stars at present. After a stunning first-round KO win over Sean Strickland at UFC 276, the Brazilian leapfrogged into title contention.
Pereira is now set to face his kickboxing ultimate rival and reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. Adesanya has never been stopped in the UFC, but Pereira is viewed by some as capable of doing so, having KO’d Izzy in kickboxing in their last meeting.
Ahead of their first clash inside the octagon, Pereira talked about what lies ahead should he ends up beating the champion.
According to Pereira, he’ll take on anybody put in front of him but he’s focused on dethroning Adesanya at the moment.
“Take one day at a time, one step at a time,” Pereira said. “I’m focused on this fight right now but after that, anywhere the organization wants me to go and fight, I’ll make sure they’ll be ready for that.”
What about the light heavyweight?
Pereira was a middleweight and light heavyweight champion in kickboxing. When asked about his thoughts on moving up to light heavyweight in MMA should he ends up beating Adesanya, the Brazilian said it might not happen soon.
“[I’m] prioritizing again what I’ve been doing. I want to win the middleweight belt and I want to reign in this division for a long time,” Pereira revealed.
UFC 281 is set to happen on Nov. 12 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.