REPORT | Alex Pereira Returns, Meets Bruno Silva At UFC Event On March 12.

Alex Pereira

An all-Brazilian middleweight showdown between kickboxing ace, Alex Pereira, and the surging knockout artist, Bruno Silva has been added to a UFC Fight Night event on March 12. – with a location or venue for the event yet to be disclosed by the promotion.

Pereira, a former GLORY Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion, made his long-awaited UFC bow back in November at Madison Square Garden – stopping Andreas Michailidis with a stunning, highlight-reel second round flying-knee knockout win.

3-0 in his first three Octagon walks, Silva, a former M-1 Global middleweight champion, scored an impressive first round knockout win over Jordan Wright at UFC 269 earlier this month. The win came as Silva’s seventh straight. News of the all-Brazilian clash was first reported by Combate reporter, Raphael Marinho, and Marcelo Barone

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An all-Brazilian clash between Alex Pereira and Bruno Silva has been added to a March 12. event

Improving to 4-1 as a professional with his New York knockout win over Michailidis, Sao Paulo striking phenom, Pereira boasts a notable kickboxing record as well, which has seen him scoop a pair of titles under the GLORY Kickboxing banner.

The Brazilian also notably holds a pair of victories over current undisputed middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya during the pair’s respective kickboxing careers. Pereira is also the first and last to stop Adesanya with strikes in combat sports, following a rallying 2017 knockout. 

Paraiba finisher, Silva began his tenure under the UFC’s scrutiny back in June of last year – stopping another compatriot, Wellington Turman with a first round knockout. Before his aforenoted win over Wright – Silva stopped The Ultimate Fighter 23 victor, Andrew Sanchez with an eventual third round knockout win at UFC Vegas 40 in October. The win earned Silva a Performance of the Night bonus.

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The UFC Fight Night event is slated to take place on March 12. – with a high-stakes light heavyweight clash between one-time title challenger, Thiago Santos, and the surging Dagestan striker, Magomed Ankalaev expected to headline.