New middleweight champion Alex Pereira is a monster of a man who dominates people like his teammate Glover Teixeira, who fights at 205 pounds. How does the Brazilian knockout artist make a middleweight? Cutting over 25 pounds to make it happen.
A photo posed on social media of Pereira the day he entered the cage to beat Israel Adesanya for the third time had “Poatan” weighing 95.6 kg, or 211.4 pounds. That’s 26.4 pounds over the championship weight limit for middleweight, and he may have been even heavier when he entered the cage on fight night at UFC 281.
In a recent episode of The Joe Rogan LiveJackass star and fight fan Steve-O asked Rogan if it was true that Pereira really weighed 220 pounds against Adesanya.
“He could have been, yes,” replied Rogan. “He definitely goes above that between fights. And he’s struggling to make 185. It’s a bulls thing. This is essentially sanctioned cheating. It really is. But everyone does.”
“[Israel Adesanya] barely does,” he added. “When Izzy came up to fight Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight, he weighed 194, which is crazy because Blachowicz is a giant light heavyweight. Blachowicz is a big powerful guy.
Ultimately, Rogan expects the big weight cut to be a hurdle for Pereira.
“He’s so big for the weight class, which is really exhausting you, this weight reduction,” Rogan said. “It’s a big weight reduction. And with the fight, he’s going to have problems. Because he’s not a grappler, that’s not his forte. And he’s getting better at grappling, but when Izzy takes you to the ground and Izzy controls you, that’s not his forte either.
As for the controversial fifth-round standing stoppage after “Poatan” injured “The Last Stylebender,” Rogan is cool with that.
“I don’t think Pereira was going to stop,” Joe said. “He had more time, Izzy was immobile and Pereira was going to hit him with big punches. We don’t need to see Izzy with her eyes rolled up, completely oblivious. I think it was a good save. I can see where he would be upset about that, and I can see where other fights went longer, and they did. But it’s a subjective call and [referee] Marc Goddard is one of the best in the world, he’s in the top two or three.
As things stand, UFC President Dana White says it’s entirely possible Israel Adesanya will get an immediate rematch against Alex Pereira. But some things have to work out. Adesanya said he needed to take time off after three fights in 10 months to recover and resolve some health issues. In a sport where deadlines mean everything, that could result in a “Poatan” defense against someone else at 185 pounds next.
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