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BIG BANG! Alex Pereira ‘confident’ after ‘dangerous’ sparring with 6’6, 290-pound monster

He’s no “Mountain” but the Chinese boxer is one of the world’s most dangerous heavyweights.

Wrap up your closing arguments for UFC 286 — for which there are aplenty — because the UFC 287 pay-per-view (PPV) card is just around the corner and will feature the middleweight rematch (or Part 4, depending on your scorecard) between newly-crowned 185-pound champion Alex Pereira and former division titleholder Israel Adesanya.

To help prepare for his “Last Stylebender” showdown, which may in fact be the last with another victory, Pereira strapped on the gloves and went four rounds with Olympic medalist Zhilei Zhang, a 6’6”, 290-pound monster who is 24-1-1 in boxing with 19 knockouts.

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BLOCKBUSTER BANTAMWEIGHT BATTLE! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Newark, N.J., for the first time in more than three years on Sat., May 6, 2023, with a blockbuster Bantamweight collision inside Prudential Center that will see Aljamain Sterling attempt another successful title defense against returning two-division titleholder and former gold medal-winning Olympic wrestler, Henry Cejudo. In UFC 288’s last-minute pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, former Welterweight title challenger, Gilbert Burns, locks horns with No. 4-seeded contender, Belal Muhammad, in a five-round, 170-pound No. 1 contender eliminator match.

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“What a sparring! After four rounds with Zhilei Zhang I’m very confident for my next fight!” Pereira wrote on social media. “It was a hard and dangerous sparring — exactly what I needed. Now I know even more: I’m [100-percent] ready for 8th of April!”

Pereira holds two victories and one knockout over Adesanya on the kickboxing circuit and after racking up three straight wins with two finishes under the UFC banner, “Poatan” scored another Adesanya fight and halted “The Last Stylebender” in the final frame.

UFC 287 will go down on Sat., April 8, 2023 at Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, and also feature the welterweight collision between former 170-pound title challengers Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal. Elsewhere on the card (see it here), Kevin Holland looks to test his chin against welterweight “Dagger” Santiago Ponzinibbio.


Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 287 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 287: “Pereira vs. Adesanya 2” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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