In the fast-paced world of MMA, Brazilian powerhouse Alex Pereira is setting his sights on an action-packed 2024, revealing his next opponent and an ambitious goal to break a record held by the legendary Ronda Rousey.
Fresh off Magomed Ankalaev's impressive victory over Johnny Walker at UFC Vegas 84, Pereira, also known as "Poatan," wasted no time in announcing his next challenge. Taking to social media, Pereira declared that former titleholder Jamahal Hill is next in line for a showdown, putting the MMA world on notice. However, he reassured Ankalaev that he wouldn't be kept waiting for his shot at the title.
In a social media post written in Portuguese, Pereira emphasized,
"People, let’s focus on what matters, which is Jamahal, and then I’ll focus on breaking another record and doing two title defenses in the least amount of time."
While the UFC is yet to unveil the date for Pereira's return to the octagon, the prospect of facing Hill adds an extra layer of anticipation. The former champion, currently recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, poses a unique challenge for Pereira.
In a bid to etch his name in the history books, Pereira is eyeing a record held by the iconic Ronda Rousey. The current record for the shortest championship turnaround is held by Rousey, who secured a knockout victory over Sara McMann at UFC 170 just 56 days after defending her bantamweight title with an armbar triumph against Miesha Tate at UFC 168.
Hill, who hasn't fought since claiming the vacant title in January 2022, stands as a significant obstacle in Pereira's quest for greatness. The title went unclaimed for months before "Poatan" stepped up to challenge Jiri Prochazka at Madison Square Garden, securing a memorable knockout victory.
As the MMA community eagerly awaits Pereira's next move, the Brazilian fighter is poised to make waves by conquering Hill and potentially rewriting the record books in the process.