Las Vegas, NV – Going into a bout that fans believe will be a firefight a devastating finish is usually expected. Sometimes, however, two fighters go the distance in a hard-fought war of attrition where one must win and one must lose. For UFC middleweight Alex Pereira going the distance in a tough fight against Bruno Silva was just the next step in his journey to the top.
“Everything (was) well planned. We knew it was a tough opponent we stick to the plan. Climbing up now in the division and organization. Always throughout all my fights I’m mentally prepared to fight three or five rounds so I don’t get frustrated with my own expectations. So I trained very hard for this, I was ready for whatever.” Pereira said to the media in his post-fight scrum.
Pereira (5-1) ended up in a tough fight with Silva where, while he had the advantage in most attributes, Silva was able to make it an uglier fight than Pereira had wanted.
“I knew he was a very tough opponent. I came here prepared for a war, I knew it was going to be a war, and maybe that’s why I’m not frustrated. I expected this.”
From one war to another Pereira called out his next opponent and unsurprisingly it was another tough matchup.
“Well I see over there Cannonier I think he’s the closest for the title shot. Almost everybody say Adesanya so I don’t think I’m talking too much to call Cannonier out.”
For Pereira the future is a path to the title.
“Well I had two great fights I was able to showcase my skills but I didn’t show everything that I go throughout a daily basis training at Glover Teixeira’s gym. Being able to improve, evolving every day. Where I am in the division, I don’t know. I’ll let the promoters talk, they’ll know properly where to put me in.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 50 post-fight media scrum with Alex Pereira above.