UFC light heavyweight contenders gear up to face Alex Pereira as he enters the division

Alex Pereira has a myriad of options available for his forthcoming UFC debut in the light heavyweight category. He recently expressed his interest in transitioning from the 185-pound division to the 205-pound division. This announcement has received positive feedback from various prominent fighters, including Jamahal Hill, the reigning UFC champion in the weight category.

In an interesting turn of events, Hill and Pereira have previously shared the UFC octagon. During UFC 283 held in Rio de Janeiro in January, Hill earned the vacant light heavyweight title by defeating Glover Teixeira. At the time, Pereira was present in Teixeira’s team and entered the octagon after Hill’s triumph.

If the UFC decides not to offer Pereira an opportunity to compete for the championship belt immediately, he may face a former light heavyweight champion in his debut. Jan Blachowicz, the former champion, confirmed that he is interested in fighting Pereira.

However, Blachowicz added that his first choice would be to battle Hill for the UFC title. When probed about the prospective match-up with Pereira, Blachowicz claimed that he enjoys taking on challenges, and a fighter like Pereira would be an intriguing opponent.

Another notable name that expressed his interest in welcoming Pereira to the 205-pound division is Volkan Oezdemir, who once challenged for the championship belt.

In conclusion, Pereira’s move to the light heavyweight division seems to have piqued the interest of several prominent fighters in the category. Hill, Blachowicz, and Oezdemir have all openly expressed their willingness to compete against Pereira, and it remains to be seen whom the UFC chooses as Pereira’s first opponent in the 205-pound category.


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