Not only are both the main and co-main events rematches for the women’s strawweight and men’s welterweight championships, but each champion is facing the No. 1 contender of their divisions as well.
Those bouts come between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who faces former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington in the main event, just after UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas looks to defend her title against former strawweight champion Weili Zhang, the woman she just took the belt from.
Another note, both of these first fights ended via knockout.
Our feature bout tonight came between ranked bantamweight contenders Marlon Vera and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Just prior to Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler, which opened up tonight’s main card, multi-time kickboxing world champion made his UFC debut on the preliminary main event.
You see, Alex Pereira is just 3-1 in MMA competition, though he’s 33-7 in kickboxing. His opponent, Andreas Michailidis came into the bout with a 13-4 rceord, though he’s a BJJ black belt. All four of his defeats do come via knockout however, so this should be a very interesting contenst.
Continue reading to see how this epic encounter went down:
Official Result: Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis via TKO (flying knee) at :18 of round one
Michailidis was able to tie Pereira up for pretty much the entirety of round one, and was even able to secure a takedown, though Pereira was back to his feet not long after.
Though Michailidis was able to control round one, he does look very tired on the stool prior to going into round two.
Pereira opens up the second round with a vicious flying knee that stops the fight, and that’s all she wrote, he won his UFC debut!
Now with a 4-1 record, having won his promotional debut in astounding fashion, what’s next for Alex Pereira?
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