Headlining the event is a middleweight championship bout between current champion Israel Adesanya, who looks to make the fifth-straight defense of his crown tonight opposing no. 2 ranked Jared Cannonier.
Co-headlining the event is a trilogy bout between UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway.
Our feature fight of the night came in the middleweight division between no. 4 ranked Sean Strickland (25-3) and former Glory kickboxing champ-champ (33-7-1 kickboxing) Alex Pereira (5-1 MMA), a man that defeated our middleweight champion on two separate occasions in kickboxing.
Strickland has won his last six-straight bouts, and is 20-0 at 185 lbs, while Pereira is 2-0 since joining the UFC roster.
Continue reading to see how this epic lightweight contest went down:
Official Result: Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via KO (punches) at 2:36 of round one
Strickland immediately takes the center once the fight begins and gets his jab going. He appears happy to strike with Pereira, which may turn out to be a bad idea.
Pereira is picking Strickland apart going backwards, landing some nice straight punches to the head and body, as well as some leg kicks. Strickland still isn’t trying to grapple, and that’s his downfall, as he gets caught with that trademark left hook, stunning Strickland badly and dropping him on the spot.
Pereira only needed to land one more punch and the fight was over.
That is why you cannot strike with the greatest kickboxer on the entire planet.
Should Israel Adesanya defend his title in the main event tonight, does this set up their trilogy?
Alex Pereira is now 6-1 as a professional mixed martial artist, and he just became the first man to defeat Sean Strickland at 185 lbs.
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