- Jamahal Hill wants Alex Pereira to move up and fight him at light heavyweight
- “Sweet Dreams” thinks both Israel Adesanya and Khamzat Chimaev will beat “Poatan”
Alex Pereira took the UFC by storm when he dethroned Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. The new UFC middleweight champion has been welcoming the idea of moving up to light heavyweight and it’s something Jamahal Hill is interested in.
Let’s go Alex!
In an exclusive interview with MiddleEasy, the No. 6 light heavyweight contender lauded Pereira for stopping Adesanya and recalled the time he realized “Poatan” may have been bigger than him.
“Initially when I saw it I felt like they should have let it go a little bit longer just because he’s the champion and I feel like if your’re going to beat the champ, you got to be the champ, which he did, he got him hurt, he had his eyes rolling in the back of his head…[but] from what I’ve seen, Izzy was still lucid, he still could’ve slipped a shot, cleared the cobwebs a little bit and got back to it but it was a good fight. Alex is a beast bro, dude is big as f*ck bro,” Hill told us.
“I said this in New York like January, we both did a signing together me, him, Vicente Luque and Erin Blanchfield…I said that then like ‘this mo’f*cka 185?’ I was like this dude’s big as f*ck. This dude is bigger than I am. And I’m like ‘Okay. Ehehe’,” he continued.
Hill then admitted that he doesn’t care how Pereira handles his business at the 185-pound division but as early as now, “Sweet Dreams” is already calling out the Brazilian to move up and face him.
“The only thing that interests me is like they tell me he [Pereira] might come up. Come on in my boy! Whenever he decide. Oh yeah! I can go up there and f*ck him up. Come on in my boy!.” Hill said. “All that smoke! All that. I was there I watched it live. All respect to Izzy but I’ll knock Pereira the f*ck out.”
Pereira is now 3-0 over Adesanya but he’s not closing the book of their epic rivalry and is open for an instant rematch. On the other hand, Khamzat Chimaev is also being linked to a clash with “Poatan.”
Hill thinks both Izzy and Chimaev would beat Pereira. Based on his prediction, Adesanya will be coming in more aggressive in the second meeting, while “Borz” would dismantle Pereira with no sweat using his grappling.
“I probably pick Izzy to win just because he’s literally been like right there at the cusp like the end of the first round, he had him on skates. I think he should came out a little bit more impressive with his attack, a little bit more forward to try to put another hard one clean on his chin and I think that’ll happen next time I think Izzy will fight with a little bit more urgency to get him out there,” Hill assessed.
“I think Khamzat wins that fight easily. Because Alex starts slow with his striking. He starts slow with his striking, which leaves room for you to get an entry. All Khamzat’s gotta do is get an entry and get it initiated and engage in grappling. I think at some point he’d get Pereira down and if Izzy can get Pereira down and keep him down, keep him down and beat him up a little bit on that…Khamzat is nasty dude,” he continued. “Strength is strength bro but here’s the thing bro it doesn’t matter in grappling. Obviously, it plays somewhat of a factor but if you know how to grapple, you know what points to get to…Chiamev knows these things. He’s not gonna be fighting against power, he’s gonna be fighting against technique.”
Hill is coming off an impressive three-fight winning streak and is set to face former light heavyweight title contender Anthony Smith in March. He is looking to break into the division’s Top 5 and compete for the title.