"The other guy looks massive" - Fans react to Alex Pereira being made to look small by training partner

Alex Pereira
Fans react to Alex Pereira (left) being outsized by Demsey McKean (right). [Image Courtesy: @AlexPoatanPereira on Instagram]

Fans were surprised to see UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira outsized by his heavyweight training partner.

Standing at 6-foot-4, there aren't many fighters who outsize Pereira in the training room. Well, 'Poatan' recently experienced the unlikely situation while preparing for the UFC 303 main event with Demsey McKean, an Australian heavyweight boxer with a professional record of 22-1.

Pereira posted a picture on his temporary Instagram story of him and McKean, who stands at 6-foot-6. The image where 'Poatan' was the shorter fighter was re-posted on Reddit, leading to the following fan reactions in the comment section:

"First time Ive seen him visibly smaller than ANYONE."
"The other guy looks massive"
"I'm convinced all height measurement in combat sports is fake"
"Absolute unit there on the right"
Reddit comments
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McKean isn't the first heavyweight boxer that Alex Pereira has trained with. In the past, the UFC light heavyweight champion was seen working alongside hard-hitting Chinese powerhouse Zhang Zhilei, who defeated Deontay Wilder last time out in the '5 vs. 5: Queensberry vs Matchroom' main event.

Alex Pereira looks to extend UFC legacy by taking out Jiri Prochazka again in new UFC 303 main event

On June 29, Alex Pereira will headline UFC 303 on short notice after Conor McGregor pulled out with an injury. The reigning light heavyweight king is scheduled to defend his throne in a rematch against Jiri Prochazka.

Pereira and Prochazka first fought in November 2023 for the vacant UFC light heavyweight world title. The action-packed superstars went toe-to-toe in the UFC 295 main event before 'Poatan' emerged victorious by second-round knockout.

The Brazilian superstar made his UFC debut in November 2021, starting with wins against Andreas Michailidis and Bruno Silva. Since then, Pereira has extended his promotional record to 7-1, including five wins against former world champions (Sean Strickland, Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, Jamahal Hill, and Prochazka).

With a win at UFC 303, 'Poatan' would have accomplished more than arguably anyone has in nine UFC fights. The 36-year-old became a world champion at middleweight and light heavyweight, headlined UFC 300, and secured five knockouts in the octagon.

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Edited by Tejas Rathi
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