Las Vegas, NV – Alex Pereira made a successful light heavyweight debut on Saturday night, defeating former champion Jan Blachowicz by a split decision at UFC 291.
The fight was a close one, with both fighters landing significant strikes throughout. Pereira, who is a former two-time kickboxing champion, seemed to have the edge in the striking department, but Blachowicz was able to take Pereira down a few times.
In the end, the judges scored the fight 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 for Pereira.
With the win, Pereira improves to 6-1 in his UFC career. He is now the No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division and is expected to face the winner of the upcoming title fight between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka.
Blachowicz, who is now 3-3 in his last six fights, drops to 29-9 overall. He is still a top contender in the light heavyweight division, but he will need to get back on track if he wants to challenge for the title again.
Here are some of the highlights from the fight:
- Pereira landed a number of hard kicks to Blachowicz’s legs and body.
- Blachowicz was able to take Pereira down a few times, but Pereira was able to get back to his feet each time.
- Pereira landed a number of hard punches in the final round, which seemed to sway the judges in his favor.
This was a great fight between two top contenders, and it was a great way for Pereira to make his light heavyweight debut. He is now the No. 1 contender in the division, and he will be looking to challenge for the title in his next fight.