Alex Pereira is one of the most unique fighters in UFC history.
The former two-time GLORY Kickboxing champion made a seamless transition to mixed martial arts in 2020. After just seven fights inside the Octagon, he has already claimed both the middleweight and lightweight world titles in addition to beating some of the best names in the game, including Sean Strickland, Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, and Jiri Prochazka.
Speaking about Pereira’s impressive skill set and his quick rise to the top of not one, but two divisions, Joe Rogan nearly revealed one of the 205-pound titleholder’s biggest secrets.
“Unique style, very technical, and very well thought out,” the longtime commentator said during an episode of his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. “He’s got solutions to everything. He was showing me and DC how he checks leg kicks and we had having a conversation about it, ‘can we talk about this? can we tell people this?’, me and DC did. We decided like I don’t think we should tell people, he’s got a special way that he checks leg kicks and it’s different than everybody else’s, he’s got a whole strategy behind it.”
Alex Pereira broke Bad Rutten’s leg kick record with little effort pic.twitter.com/PF7lGlsk6o
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Joe Rogan Lauds the ‘Profound’ Kicking Game of Alex Pereira
Rogan learned firsthand what it’s like to get kicked by Alex Pereira and the Brazilian superstar’s unique system for checking leg kicks.
“Alex Pereira is kicking our legs and he’s showing us how to check,” he added. “Showing us how he checks and what he does to follow-up check. He’s got a system. It’s different. It was so profound that DC and I were like, ‘Oh sh*t.’ I don’t think anyone else is doing it that way.”
‘Poatan’ is 9-2 in his professional MMA career with six of those victories coming under the UFC banner. In November, he claimed his set title with the promotion, defeating former champion Jiri Prochazka with a second-round KO. Sitting atop the light heavyweight throne, Pereira is patiently waiting for a clash with Jamahal Hill who was forced to vacate the title after suffering a ruptured Achilles in July.
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