Former UFC champion Alex Pereira has always been a massive middleweight, but it looks like he’ll be a pretty huge light heavyweight as well.“He’s 230 lbs right now, and he’s lean! He’s probably at like 8% body fat,” he revealed. “For him to drop to 185, is crazy, crazy.
I don’t cut much weight, but I know how hard it is, and as you get older, it gets harder and harder. That eventually can get bad for your health, and I don’t want him in that position, so I’m glad (he’s at light heavyweight.)”
Ahead of Pereira’s debut at 205 lbs against Jan Blachowicz, his friend and training partner Glover Teixeira revealed that the former champ at 185 lbs is a “lean” 230 lbs now.
“When he said he was going to light heavyweight, I was like ‘I love it that you’re going to light heavyweight.’ Because I don’t like to see him cutting that much weight. You don’t know how much that guy cuts,” Teixeira said after his grappling win at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4.
Meanwhile, Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Kevin Lee in his return to the UFC after nearly two years away.
We all knew the matchmakers didn’t give Lee (19-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) an easy one to come back to against Rinat Fakhretdinov (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), but boy, it turned out even worse than many predicted.
Lee, who looked quite nervous from the moment he stepped in the cage, got whacked with a massive shot just moments into the featured welterweight prelim bout. He was badly hurt, then Fakhretdinov choked him out cold, leaving Lee lifeless on the mat in a somewhat disturbing manner.
It all happened in a matter of 55 seconds, which proved to be the quickest of Lee’s eight career losses.
Sadly, this probably showed the ceiling and status of this second UFC stint for Lee. He said at media day that he wanted to show his “real potential” in this run after falling short of expectation in his first tenure inside the octagon.