Alex Pereira Reveals New Tattoo Of UFC Belt After Winning Middleweight Title

'Poatan' has memorialized his UFC title win over 'Stylebender' with a fresh tattoo on his arm

Alex Pereira
Credit: UFC, Alex Pereira (via Twitter & Instagram)

Alex Pereira revealed a new tattoo he got after beating Israel Adesanya at UFC 281.

This past Saturday, Pereira faced longtime rival and former middleweight champion Adesanya in the headlining bout of the card at Madison Square Garden in New York. Adesanya had Pereira hurt at the buzzer of the opening round but Pereira recovered well to pull off a brutal standing TKO finish over Adesanya in the fifth round. ‘Poatan’ became the 185-pound king in only his fourth appearance under the UFC banner.

Alex Pereira reveals a new tattoo of UFC belt after beating Israel Adesanya

In a recent Instagram post, Pereira showed off the new tattoo of the UFC belt on his right arm.

“New tattoo.”

Alex Pereira is a former two-division champion in Glory kickboxing and holds two wins, including a vicious left hook knockout over Adesanya in the striking-based sport. He made his way to the UFC in Nov. 2021 and scored an incredible flying knee and punches knockout of Andreas Michailidis on his promotional debut.

He went on to beat Bruna Silva by unanimous decision before taking on top-ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland in July’s International Fight Week card of UFC 276. Pereira handily dispatched Strickland with his signature left hook in the opening round of the contest and leapfrogged his competition to earn the title shot.

An immediate title rematch between Pereira and Adesanya could be next

‘Stylebender’ proved to be a dominant champion, lapping past his division and beating multiple top contenders twice. Prior to his bout with ‘Poatan,’ Adesanya was undefeated at 185 pounds and had only one blemish on his professional mixed martial arts record, which came against former 205-pound titleholder Jan Blachowicz in an unsuccessful bid to become double-champ.

Following the result, company president Dana White indicated he would be open to an immediate title rematch between Pereira and Adesanya but did not confirm it as the only route.

Published on November 16, 2022 at 5:46 pm
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