Alex Pereira showcases beautiful striking, defeats Bruno Silva at UFC Vegas 50

Alex Pereira showcases beautiful striking, defeats Bruno Silva at UFC Vegas 50

Alex Pereira comes out on top

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 12, 2022, for UFC Vegas 50, headlined by light-heavyweight contenders Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev.

Co-headlining the event is a bantamweight contest between former WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes, who faces a very promising Song Yadong here tonight.

Opening up the main card tonight was a showcase of kickboxing world champion Alex Pereira, who’s the only man to ever finish UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

He comes into the bout with a record of 4-1 (33-7-1 kickboxing), while Silva comes in with a record of 22-6.

Silva took a three-year layoff from 2018-2021, but once he returned last year, when he made his UFC debut, he went 3-0 throughout the year with all three wins coming via knockout.

In fact, 19 of those 22 wins come via knockout with just three decisions, meaning he has zero submission victories.

Of his six defeats, five come via submission with one DQ. Similar feats could be said for Pereira, all four wins come via knockout, and his lone defeat comes via submission.

This is going to be a wicked stand up fight! Continue reading to see how this epic middleweight affair went down:

Official Result: Alex Pereira def. Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Pereira opens up the bout controlling the center, getting right to it as he’s picking Silva apart. Silva however is able to land some of his own hard shots and with about 80 seconds left in the first, secures a takedown.

Pereira is back to his feet quickly however and ends the first how he started it.

Silva has a much better second round than he did in the first, as he secures another takedown and really starts to pressure Pereira. It appears to be working too. Pereira’s shot selection is still great, and there’s still some pop on his strikes, but Silva appears to have caught a second wind.

That being said, the round was still very close.

Silva shoots on another double leg to start the third, though Pereira is able to stuff it. The two clinch along the cage for a couple minutes, before they’re back to striking range, where Pereira really gets to work.

Pereira catches Silva with a nasty left hook that had him hurt badly, and follows up with an incredibly wide array of strikes, mostly knees to the body. However, Silva is durable as they come, clearly, and keeps going.

Pereira then breaks Silva’s nose with an uppercut with about 15 seconds left, which immediately backs him up as well. Silva continues swinging to the finish though, as Pereira is coming in on him.

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