July 22, 2024

Alex Pereira’s manager hints next opponent for ‘Poatan’ could be another UFC title fight rematch

If you were a UFC matchmaker, who would you want Alex Pereira to defend his light heavyweight title against next following UFC 303?

Given his electric fast track to the UFC middleweight title and his demolition of the light heavyweight division’s top talent, there are only a handful of potential opponents left for Alex Pereira to take care of at 205lbs.  

(R-L) Alex Pereira of Brazil kicks Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 303 event at...
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Alex Pereira pushes back on heavyweight move for next fight

Following his second-round knockout of former champion Jiri Prochazka at UFC 303, Pereira was asked by Joe Rogan whether or not he’d be interested in moving up to heavyweight for his next fight.

“I think that’s in my future, I said that last time I was here, I say that a lot but there didn’t seem to be too much interest in the organization,” Pereira explained via his translator.

“But I’m here, I’m available and I do think that this is in my future… I think the fans have a lot of say in this, whatever they want. In the end, these are the people paying for this and if this is what they want it’s going to be inevitable.”

However, Pereira would also push back on the idea of the move taking place for his next fight, acknowledging in a later interview that “I still have challenges [at light heavyweight], I want to keep defending my belt, I want to keep training and showing results.”

Alex Pereira’s manager offers hint at who next UFC opponent could be

Given that Alex Pereira has now dispatched three former UFC light heavyweight champions in a row, including the aforementioned Prochazka twice, you might expect that the Brazilian superstar would be open to some fresh blood.

Well, if the latest hint from Poatan’s team is to be believed, Pereira could return to the octagon to face yet another former opponent.

This is because the official UFC Europe Instagram page recently posted a graphic showing Alex Pereira and asking fans to matchmake who his next opponent could be.

“A) Magomed Ankalaev, B) Jan Blachowicz, C) The winner of Tom Aspinall vs Curtis Blaydes, or D) The winner of Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic.”

Alex Pereira’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, would then comment underneath the post with a rather simple message… ‘B’ – indicating that Pereira’s next opponent could very well be Jan Blachowicz.

Interestingly, only a few hours before the post had been shared to Instagram, Blachowicz himself had taken to X/Twitter to tease a potential fight with Pereira: “I’ve never lost a rematch. And I won’t.”

Blachowicz was also in attendance for UFC 303 over the weekend and as he was leaving the venue, told UFC Europe that he not only knew that Pereira would get the KO, but that he should be next for Poatan.

“If you watch the fight closely, he [Prochazka] did something that he never did [before], he smiled to his opponent. When I saw the first smile I said ‘Okay, he’s not going to make it.’

“So, I believe that I should be the next one for Pereira because you know, he lose against me and I just need to prove one more time that I will not leave the decision to the referee.”

‘Poatan’ earned himself a huge six-figure bonus for UFC 303 KO

Whilst Alex Pereira is already back in the gym preparing for whoever could be next up to challenge for his light heavyweight title, he also needs to find time to spend/invest his enormous six-figure bonus from UFC 303.

At the pre-fight press conference, Brian Ortega asked Dana White if the bonuses could be raised from $50,000 to $303,000 and whilst the UFC President dismissed the idea, he did opt to hand out two FOTN awards instead.

Yet after the event concluded, White would still end up giving Pereira a $303,000 bonus, despite claiming the promotion wouldn’t be offering such a prize.

According to coach Cruz, speaking via The MMA Hour, “The reality of the fact is they gave $300,000 bonuses at [UFC 300] and [Pereira] did not get performance of the night, they gave two for Max [Holloway] so he was a little bit salty about that.

“I think because of all the history and taking the fight on two weeks [notice] Dana looked at him and said, ‘You know what man, I’m going to take care of you, you got a $303,000 [bonus]’,”

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