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Alex Pereira biography: 13 things about UFC fighter born in São Paulo, Brazil

full name: Alexsandro Pereira
fight name: Poatan
residence: Bethel, Connecticut, United States
height: 6’4″
weight divisions: middleweight, light heavyweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 7-2


Alex Pereira is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer nicknamed Poatan. He is 6’4″ tall and he competes in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.

Born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil, Pereira is three years older than his sister Aline Pereira, also an MMA fighter and a kickboxer. They are from the Pataxó tribe and they grew up in a favela.

In 1999, Alex dropped out of middle school and started working in a tire shop. He went on to become a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a black belt in kickboxing.

Currently, Pereira is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2009, he started his training in kickboxing.
  2. In 2012, he made his professional kickboxing debut and had four wins by defeating Clei Silva twice, Fabio Alberto and Felipe Micheletti but lost to Jason Wilnis.
  3. In 2013, he defeated three professional kickboxing opponents namely Cesar Almeida, Matias Adaro and Camilo Ferraz then lost to Almeida in their rematch.
  4. In 2014, he defeated four kickboxing opponents namely Dustin Jacoby, Sahak Parparyan, Aleksandr Dmitrenko, Robert Thomas and Ivan Galaz but lost to one named Artem Levin.
  5. On April 3, 2015, he lost to Wilnis via unanimous decision in their rematch at “Glory 20: Dubai” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On July 25, 2015, he defeated Almeida via unanimous decision in their trilogy bout at “WGP Kickboxing 25” in São Paulo. On October 24, 2015, he made his professional MMA debut at “Jungle Fight 82” in São Paulo where he submitted Quemuel Ottoni via rear-naked choke.
  6. In 2016, he defeated three kickboxing opponents namely Israel Adesanya, Junior Alpha and Artur Kyshenko and two MMA opponents namely Marcelo Cruz and Marcus Vinicius da Silveira.
  7. On March 4, 2017, he knocked out Adesanya again via left hook at “Glory of Heroes 7” in São Paulo. On April 29, 2017, he defeated Burim Rama via technical knockout via right hook before losing to Yousri Belgaroui via unanimous decision at “Glory 40: Copenhagen” in Copenhagen, Denmark. On June 17, 2017, he made his professional boxing debut in Socoraba, São Paulo where he defeated Marcelo de Souza Cruz via technical knockout. On September 16, 2017, he knocked out Mayron Silva at “WGP Kickboxing 40” in Parana, Brazil. On October 14, 2017, he became the Glory Middleweight Champion by defeating Simon Marcus via unanimous decision at “Glory 46: China” in Guangzhou, China. On December 9, 2017, he successfully defending the title by defeating Belgaroui via technical knockout via doctor stoppage in their rematch at “Glory 49: Rotterdam” in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  8. He successfully defended the Glory Middleweight Championship from Belgaroui via knockout via right hook at “Glory 55: New York” in New York City, New York, USA on July 20, 2018 and from Marcus via unanimous decision at “Glory 58: Chicago” in Chicago, Illinois, USA on September 14, 2018.
  9. On May 17, 2019, he successfully defended the Glory Middleweight Championship from Wilnis via knockout via left flying knee in their trilogy bout at “Glory 65: Utrecht” in Utrecht, Netherlands. On September 28, 2019, he became the interim Glory Light Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Donegi Abena at “Glory 68: Miami” in Miami, Florida, USA. On December 21, 2019, he successfully defended the Glory Middleweight Championship from Ertugrul Bayrak via knockout via left hook at “Glory Collision 2” in Arnhem, Netherlands.
  10. On November 20, 2020, he knocked out Thomas Powell at “LFA 95” in Park City, Kansas, USA.
  11. On January 30, 2021, he became the Glory Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Artem Vakhitov via split decision at “Glory 77: Rotterdam” in Rotterdam. On September 4, 2021, he lost the title to Vakhitov via majority decision in their rematch at “Glory 78: Rotterdam” in Rotterdam. On November 6, 2021, he made his UFC debut at “UFC 268” in New York City where he defeated Andrea Michailidis via technical knockout via flying knee and punches.
  12. On March 12, 2022, he defeated Bruno Silva via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 50” in Enterprise, Nevada. On July 2, 2022, he knocked out Sean Strickland via punches at “UFC 276” in Paradise, Nevada. On November 12, 2022, he became the UFC Middleweight Champion by dethroning Adesanya, the then champion, at “UFC 281” in New York City.
  13. He was 35 years old when he lost the UFC Middleweight Championship title on April 8, 2023 in Miami, Florida, USA where he was knocked by Adesanya in their rematch at “UFC 287”, which downgraded his professional MMA record to 7 wins and 2 losses.

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