Alex Pereira

Alex Pereira

Full NameAlexsandro Pereira

BornJuly 7, 1987

Height6 ft 4 in



Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira is the current UFC middleweight champion.

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
Alex Pereira after winning his UFC middleweight title.

The 35-year-old Brazilian fighter made his octagon debut in November 2021 and, within a year, earned his middleweight title at UFC 281:Adesanya vs. Pereira on November 12, 2022. Pereira is currently on a four-win streak in his UFC career undefeated.

Latest News Update for Alex Pereira

For his last outing at UFC 281, Alex Pereira won his middleweight title from the former champion Israel Adesanya.

Israel Adesanya has shared his interest in fighting Alex Pereira again through his post-fight conference after UFC 281.

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
UFC 281: Israel Adesanya v Alex Pereira

Early Life and Career

Alexsando Pereira was born on July 7, 1987 in a Favela. He dropped out of middle school and started working in a mechanic workshop at the age of 12.

Due to peer pressure, Pereira became an alcoholic very young. And later, to escape the addiction, he began taking kickboxing lessons in 2009.

In kickboxing, Pereira was a Glory middleweight and light heavyweight champion, which made him the only man to hold two Glory titles simultaneously.

Alex Pereira transitioned from kickboxing to mixed martial arts in 2015 at a promotion called Jungle Fight 82 and lost the bout via submission.

Alex Pereira’s Career in UFC

Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira made his octagon debut on November 5, 2021, at UFC 268 against Andreas Michailidis and won the fight via technical knockout in the second round. He earned a performance of the night award in this fight.

At UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev, Pereira faced Bruno Silva and won the fight unanimously.

For his third fight in the promotion, Pereira went against Sean Strickland at UFC 276 on July 2, 2022, and knocked out Strickland in the first round. He earned a performance of the night bonus along with a bitcoin worth $10,000.

UFC Middleweight Championship

UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira
UFC 281: Adesanya v Pereira

‘Poatan’ for his UFC middleweight championship, fought the former champion Israel Adesanya on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281 and won the fight via technical knockout in the fight round. UFC 281 earned him a perfromance of the night award.

Alex Pereira MMA Record

Win7–1Israel AdesanyaTKO (punches)UFC 281November 12, 202252:01New York City, New York, United States
Win6–1Sean StricklandKO (punches)UFC 276July 2, 202212:36Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win5–1Bruno SilvaDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. AnkalaevMarch 12, 202235:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win4–1Andreas MichailidisTKO (flying knee and punches)UFC 268November 6, 202120:18New York City, New York, United States
Win3–1Thomas PowellKO (punch)LFA 95November 20, 202014:04Park City, Kansas, United States
Win2–1Marcus Vinicius da SilveiraTKO (punches)Jungle Fight 87May 21, 201624:55São Paulo, Brazil
Win1–1Marcelo CruzKO (punches)Jungle Fight 85January 23, 201614:07São Paulo, Brazil
Loss0–1Quemuel OttoniSubmission (rear-naked choke)Jungle Fight 82October 24, 201532:52São Paulo, Brazil

Alex Pereira’s Most Popular Fights

Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira

Alex Pereira’s title fight against Israel Adesanya remains one of the most popular events in Pereira’s career. His knockout win gained him the UFC middleweight championship, along with other performance of the night bonuses.

Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira

For his third UFC bout, Alex Pereira went against Sean Strickland and won via knockout at UFC 276 on July 2, 2022. He earned a performance of the night award for his show at UFC 276.


Andreas Michailidis vs. Alex Pereira

‘Poatan’ for his UFC debut at UFC 268, fought against Andreas Michailidis and knocked out Michailidis with a flying knee and punches. This fight earned him a lot of attention around the globe, and he also made a performance of the night bonus.

Alex Pereira knocked out Andreas Michailidis with his knee.

FAQs on Alex Pereira

Q1. How many fights has Alex Pereira had in the UFC?<H3>

Alex Pereira has had four fights (including UFC 281) in the UFC.

Q2. Why is Alex Pereira nicknamed ‘Poatan’?

According to Portuguese, ‘Poatan’ refers to ‘stone hand.’ He got his name way back while fighting in the Glory kickboxing championship.

Q3. What is Alex Pereira’s current rank in the UFC?

Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira is currently the UFC middleweight champion.

Last updated on November 15, 2022.

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