Finishing the Fight: UFC 268

Alex Pereira, UFC 268
Alex Pereira, UFC 268 Official Weigh-In Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

For UFC 268 we will take a look at some fighters with only a few (5 or less) fights in the UFC, rather than those fighters that are long-time UFC veterans with a bunch of finishes with the promotion.

Alex “Poatan” Pereira (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 3

Via KO/TKO: 3

Via Submission: 0

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 0

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 0

Alex Pereira is one of the most well known incoming UFC prospects thanks to his extensive kickboxing history. And of course Alex is also known for his KO of UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya in 2016.

Pereira holds a 33-7 pro kickboxing record with 21 KOs. For UFC 268 Pereira will be making his UFC debut after just four pro MMA fights.

Though still a little raw on the ground, Pereira has shown major improvements on his takedown defense as he has been working with UFC light heavyweight champ and fellow countryman Glover Teixeira.

Pereira has ‘sneaky’ power as his punches are both fast and have little wind up. Alex Pereira’s best weapon is his lead check hook and fans will definitely want to have their eyes glued to the TV when Pereira makes his first walk to the UFC octagon at UFC 268.