Anderson Silva will be training with one of the few men to blemish Israel Adesanya’s near-immaculate martial arts record ahead of their upcoming fight.
Brazil’s Alex Pereira is responsible for two of five losses on Adesanya’s extensive kickboxing record, including the only knockout loss he’s suffered in any discipline.
Pereira appeared beside Silva at the UFC 234 press conference held at Silva’s new Spider Kick gym in Los Angeles, California, on Monday. “Poatan” told media (h/t MMAjunkie) about being part of Silva’s preparation via a Portuguese translator.
“I’m very excited to be participating in Anderson’s camp. I’ve always been a big fan of Anderson and I think Anderson has all the tools to get this fight done. I’m not speaking strictly from my heart, I believe that Anderson has the skills and I think that the experience I’ve had against Israel, when I get in there, I’m gonna be able to help him. I believe this is gonna be a success and I’m very, very grateful to be here and be participating in this camp.”
The pair first met in April of 2016 at Glory of Heroes 1 where Pereira defeated Adesanya via unanimous decision. In the rematch in March last year, Pereira clocked a more emphatic victory over “The Last Stylebender” at Glory of Heroes 7, knocking him out in round three with a left hook.
Pereira, 31, is the current Glory middleweight champion and last month told MMAFighting he was looking to make a return to MMA where he holds a 2-1 record.
Silva discussed the match-up with Adesanya at UFC 234 and said he was looking forward to fighting someone with the “same style.”
“He’s young, he’s a great fighter and it’s a good challenge for me,” Silva said.
“I accept this fight for two points: one because I’m gonna win and will fight again for the belt, and second one, I need to give everything back to my fans.”
UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on February 10. The card will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.