Story of Alexsandro Pereira...
Alexsandro Pereira (born 7 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer.
Alexsandro Pereira (born 7 July 1987) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. He currently competes in the Middleweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory middleweight and light heavyweight champion, and is the first and only fighter to have held Glory titles in two weight classes simultaneously. Pereira was ranked #1 in the kickboxing middleweight and light-heavyweight rankings as of February 2021.
Alexsandro is a Greek name which means (Defender; Protector of mankind). Alexsandro is pronounced as /Al-əg-ZAN-dro/.
Pereira is a topographic name from Portugal which means (Pear tree) or a habitational name from a place called with this word in Portugal and Galicia (Spain). This surname is also found in western India having been taken there by Portuguese colonists. Pereira is pronounced as /per-RARE-uh/.
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Early life: Growing up in a favela, Pereira dropped out of middle school to begin working in a tire shop at the age of 12.Influenced by his colleagues, he began drinking and eventually became an alcoholic. In 2009 he began training kickboxing in order to get rid of his addiction.
Kickboxing career: During this run Pereira achieved his most famous victories, defeating the future UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya twice: once by unanimous decision, and once by a counter left hook KO. In November 2018, Pereira said he would pursue MMA career after his contract with Glory will expire in April 2019.After winning the Light Heavyweight Championship, Pereira opted to defend his middleweight title against Ertugrul Bayrak at Glory Collision 2 on 21 December 2019. After largely dominating the first round, he won the bout via knockout at the end of the round. Pereira was later stripped of his Middleweight title.
On 3 September 2021, Pereira signed with the UFC. He made his promotional debut against Andreas Michailidis on 6 November 2021, at UFC 268. He won the fight via a technical knock out in round two. This win earned him a Performance of the Night award. Pereira faced Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281. He won the bout via technical knockout in the fifth round, claiming the UFC Middleweight Championship in the process.
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