- Michael Bisping shared his candid take on Alex Pereira’s decision to move up to the light heavyweight division
- “The Count” remarked that without the hard weight cuts, “Poatan” should be able to perform better against 205-pounders
Michael Bisping is not one of those MMA personalities who think Alex Pereira’s bold move to light heavyweight was a terrible decision. Though “The Count” still thinks “Poatan” should continue his long-standing rivalry with Israel Adesanya, he couldn’t deny that the 205-pound division is better for the now former UFC middleweight champion.
Weight cut destroyed Alex
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Bisping, who fought in both the light heavyweight and the middleweight division during his active years in the UFC, pointed out that at 205, Pereira wouldn’t have to deal with the “hard weight cuts” that took a toll on him at UFC 287.
“You gotta think that Alex Pereira at 205 will be even better than what he was at 185. Those hard weight cuts, and look at the size of Pereira, that was a tough weight cut… They drain you, they sap you, they affect your stamina, they affect your recovery, they affect the training camp because you can’t eat carbohydrates and you can’t recover from one session to the next, you get tired as the fights go on and more importantly, they affect your ability to take a punch,” Bisping explained.
Be ready for the big boys
On the other hand, Bisping also noted that Pereira should bring his A-game in the light heavyweight division as 205-pounders naturally hit harder than middleweights.
“So, all of that would be eradicated at 205. He will be a bigger, better, stronger, more stamina, fitter, higher output, he could take a better shot and he better be able to take a better shot at 205 because they do hit harder,” the Brit concluded.
The current light heavyweight division is stacked with well-rounded strikers and it will be interesting to see how Pereira would ware against them. It is yet to be determined who will the UFC pick as the Brazilian’s 205 debut opponent but reigning light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill is open to welcoming him into his division.