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Francis Ngannou isn’t the only fighter bulking up in the off-season.
Alex Pereira is also packing on the pounds, but unlike “The Predator,” Pereira has a fight on the horizon! “Poatan” is scheduled to face UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 281 on Nov. 12. That’s almost exactly three months away, which means that while he does likely have another few weeks before his training camp starts in earnest, Pereira should be actively training at the moment.
He must not be worried though, because Pereira is huge right now. He posted himself on a scale earlier today, clocking in at 105.6 kilograms or roughly 232 pounds. Check out the screengrab below:
Alex Pereira Out of Camp— WillGeeTee (@YoshiKatzo) August 10, 2022
232.8 Pounds - Wow
This is insane, he fights at 185.
Imagine what he weighs entering the cage! pic.twitter.com/NshE3lnRKn
In other words, Pereira has three months to lose 47 pounds.
Of course, a fair percentage of that will be water weight, but there’s also going to be a significant amount of dieting in the Brazilian’s future. Though he’s performed well at Middleweight in his trio of UFC wins thus far and has never missed weight, this is also a five-round fight where he has to hit 185 on the dot.
In short, things could get real interesting if this fight sees the championship rounds. Although, perhaps this size is also part of the source of power for the murderous left hook that might end the night early.
We’ll found out in November.
Is anyone else very excited to see the rise of Bo Nickal? Middleweight could use a new prospect. Related: a remarkably sinister idea that made me laugh.
Be hilarious if they did Bo Nickall vs Sam Alvey on DWCS with Sam trying to get his job back— 231 Lb Crute (@Bendaman2001) August 10, 2022
Uriah Hall unexpectedly announced his retirement late last night. If it does indeed stick, Hall walks away having given us some incredible highlights.
I may be wrong, but this match up reads to me like a wrestler + wrestler = kickboxing match.
Would you prefer to see Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira 2 or Prochazka vs. Jan Blachowicz?
Dagestani basketball is going to take the sports world by storm.
THEY HAVE MADE KHABIBSKETBALL A REAL THING pic.twitter.com/5tqi4rPKF0— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) August 10, 2022
A neat promo collaboration between Michael Bisping and Leon Edwards!
One more, far funnier piece of Bisping content:
Oh no — Bisping thought that Roberto Soldic was a troll name pic.twitter.com/vWWzSxsbYc— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) August 9, 2022
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Marlon Vera has really developed into one of the nastiest finishers on the roster.
The guy that looks like a pro fighter beats up the guy who does not look like a pro fighter.
Stephen Thompson breaks down a signature technique:
Top-tier camera work!
Midnight Music: Soul, 1969
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.