New Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Alex Pereira took his shiny golden belt home to show off to his Pataxó tribe in Brazil earlier this year. It was a memorable and very unique scene, to say the least.
Pereira is coming off of a spectacular knockout stoppage against former UFC middleweight king Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 last November (highlights HERE). It was the third time “Poaton” had defeated Adesanya in a sparring setting and the first time “Last Stylebender” had finished in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
The win helped extend Pereira’s unbeaten streak in the UFC to four, which only dates back to November 2021. In such a short time, the Brazilian fighter has gone from former kickboxing champ to rising through the ranks to an undisputed world champion. It was a wild ride for “Poaton,” but one that ultimately brought him home.
Earlier this week, Pereira returned to Brazil with his UFC middleweight title in hand to reunite with his Pataxó tribe. The moment can be seen below as Pereira shows off his 185-pound title dressed head-to-toe in native attire:
Pretty cool, right?
Pereira, 35, has already done his tribe proud, but the Brazilian champion is just getting started. With a potential rematch with Adesanya looming on the horizon and a stacked middleweight division nipping at his heels, “Poaton” is poised to become one of the most exciting champions in the sport. With one of the most powerful one-punch attacks in all of MMA, Pereira could hold on to his new middleweight title for quite some time.
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