Man that beat Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing, Alex Pereira, signs with the UFC

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The man that beat Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing, Alex Pereira, has officially put pen to paper on a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a video posted on the 34-year-olds Instagram account, Pereira is seen signing a document. After writing down his John Hancock, the Brazilian picked up the papers and showed the UFC logo on the front to the camera, and let the world know his spot on the roster was “official.”

Man that beat Israel Adesanya twice, Alex Pereira, joins the UFC

“Hello guys. Now it’s official,” Pereira says. “UFC, thank you. I’m so happy to be a part of the family.”

Pereira did not make it know who his first opponent in the promotion would be, or even when he would debut, however, on Tuesday MMAJunkie reported that the former Glory Kickboxing champion would compete at the organization’s November pay-per-view UFC 268. At the event, he will make his first foray in the Octagon against Andreas Michailidis at middleweight.

Pereira’s history with Adesanya

Pereira became well known in MMA circles as middleweight champion Adesanya ascended to prominence in the UFC. Until his UFC 259 loss to light heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz, Pereira was the only man to hand the New Zealander a loss during his combat sports career. He was able to achieve that feat twice. First, by way of a unanimous decision in 2016, then with a thunderous knockout a year later. Both fights took place under the Glory banner.

The UFC’s newest addition has fought in MMA sporadically since 2016, however, he’s had a new focus on the sport since his LFA debut last year. In what would be his lone bout for the promotion, Pereira beat Thomas Powell by KO in the first round.

UFC 268 takes place in New York City, inside the world-famous Madison Square Garden. The event is headlined by a pair of championship rematches. As Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight title for a second time against top contender Colby Covington, and Rose Namajunas will defend her newly won strawweight title against former champion Weili Zhang.

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