Alex Pereira is a talented Brazilian fighter. He recently made the decision to move up to the light heavyweight division in the UFC.
Alex Pereira is a talented Brazilian fighter. He recently made the decision to move up to the light heavyweight division in the UFC. Despite being 1-1 against Israel Adesanya, Pereira chose not to pursue a trilogy bout at 185 pounds. This move has left many questioning whether it will pay off for his fighting career.
According to Dan Hardy, there are several benefits to Pereira’s move up to the light heavyweight division. First and foremost, Pereira will no longer have to cut significant amounts of weight to compete at middleweight. Standing next to Pereira, it becomes evident that his frame is too big for the 185-pound weight class. This move will allow him to naturally grow into his body and avoid the strain of extreme weight cuts.
Hardy believes that the move to light heavyweight will result in Pereira looking thicker and stronger. With the absence of weight cutting, Pereira will have the opportunity to put on more muscle making him a more formidable opponent. His neck, in particular, will become thicker making it more difficult for opponents to knock him out. Additionally, his back will gain strength improving his takedown defense.
While some may argue that moving up in weight class would result in Pereira facing larger and more powerful opponents, Hardy disagrees. He believes that moving to light heavyweight will eliminate the size disadvantage Pereira faced in the middleweight division. In terms of skill, Hardy asserts that Pereira could be outmatched in either weight class, and the move to light heavyweight does not significantly increase this risk.
Dan Hardy anticipates that Alex Pereira’s move to the light heavyweight division will result in a healthier version of the Brazilian fighter. By allowing his body to naturally grow and avoiding extreme weight cuts, Pereira will have the opportunity to showcase his full potential. Fans are eagerly awaiting his performance against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291 to see if this move pays off.
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