"What a legend" - Fans react to UFC champion Alex Pereira spending time with young fans at cancer hospital

Alex Pereira
Alex Pereira's (left) visit to a cancer hospital brought smiles on the children's faces(right). [Images courtesy: @alexpoatanpereira Instagram]

Fans appreciated UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira's efforts to bring smiles to the faces of children at a cancer hospital. Pereira has become one of the most popular MMA fighters in a short amount of time and his gesture of kindness seems to have elevated his stature further in the eyes of MMA fans.

Recently, Pereira visited a cancer hospital in collaboration with a non-profit organization 'Challenge,' which supports children with cancer and their families. The Brazilian fighter interacted with the children and elevated their spirits. Glimpses of Pereira's visit were posted on the organization's and his own Instagram account.

One of the photos was captioned with a heartbreaking story of a young martial arts practitioner. The caption read:

"We Have Moments of Joy and Sadness. This moment was very difficult for me. I visited the cancer hospital. This boy was training in Muay Thai and was unable to continue due to cancer."

The photos were re-posted on @ChampRDS X handle.

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Fans took to the comments section and showed their appreciation for Pereira's gesture. Check out the comments below:

"What a legend," @Blkcoffeeblu commented.
"Man this dude is the best. I’m a fan for life," @Phil50474 commented.
"That’s the people’s champ," @LynxMotivator commented.

One fan jokingly commented on the difference between Pereira's perceived intense personality and the sweet gestures:

"AP becoming the most likeable guy in the UFC. Looks like a drug lord (lol) but is most sincere and humble guy," @Carlin6r6 commented.

Others added:

"This is what a champion does, becomes a role model and symbol of hope and happiness for those in need," @Beaulittle13 commented.
"Pereira speed running his way to being everyone's favorite fighter," @DadSam25 commented.
"Genuinely cool human being," @WonderbreadMMA commented.

Alex Pereira is waiting for the next challenger to his title

Alex Pereira achieved the rare accomplishment of becoming a two-division champion when he defeated Jiri Prochazka to capture the light heavyweight title at UFC 295. He successfully defended the belt against Jamahal Hill at UFC 300, becoming the first fighter to defend the light heavyweight title against a ranked contender since February 2020.

Jiri Prochazka and Magomed Ankalaev have emerged as the frontrunners to challenge Pereira for the title next. However, there has been no official announcement yet. Meanwhile, 'Poatan' has shown interest in fighting any challenger that the promotion deems fit.

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Edited by Krishna Venki
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