Alex Pereira, Light Heavyweight Champ, Signs 8-Fight UFC Contract

So, guess what? Alex Pereira is sticking around in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for quite a bit longer. Yep, you heard that right.

Oh, and by the way, there was this moment on “The MMA Hour” Wednesday. Pereira spilled the beans about signing a new eight-fight contract with the UFC just last Friday. “Starting this fight, there’s eight more,” he said. Sounds like he’s pretty chuffed with how things are going with the UFC. He mentioned something about being grateful for the solid relationship between the UFC and his management team. They’re like a well-oiled machine, it seems. Pereira feels valued, noting, “I think the UFC also appreciates who I am because I’m a composed guy, I’m focused and I deliver.”

Now, Pereira, who’s hitting the big 37 in July, has a date with Jamahal Hill. They’re headlining UFC 300 on April 13 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Talk about a last-minute scramble, though. The UFC was practically sweating bullets trying to lock down a main event for such a milestone event.

Oh, and a little trip down memory lane for Pereira. Before stepping into the octagon, he was making waves in Glory Kickboxing. He’s the guy who dethroned Israel Adesanya, snagging the middleweight title before jumping up to 205 pounds. And let’s not forget his narrow victory over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291. That win was something, huh? Then, “Poatan” went on to clinch the light heavyweight title with a knockout win against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 295 last November. What a journey, right?

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