The UFC has hired the only man who has eliminated one of its biggest stars.
Kickboxing standout Alex Pereira has signed a contract with the UFC and will make his UFC 268 debut on November 6 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, promotion officials confirmed with ESPN on Friday. His opponent will be Andreas Michailidis, and the fight will be played at Middleweight.
Pereira owns the only combat sports KO against Israel Adesanya, the UFC Middleweight Champion. Pereira and Adesanya fought twice in kickboxing, Pereira winning each time. Pereira beat Adesanya by unanimous decision in 2016 and then stopped him by knockout a year later.
Now, Pereira has entered the UFC division in which Adesanya has reigned for two years.
Pereira (3-1) is a former two-division Glory Kickboxing champion. The Brazilian native fought in MMA last November, beating Thomas Powell by knockout at LFA 95. Pereira, 34, will leave kickboxing as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in the sport.
UFC 268 is spearheaded by a welterweight title rematch between champion Kamaru Usman and opposing challenger Colby Covington. In the co-main event, two-time female Strawweight Rose Namajunas tries to scare off the woman she beat to regain the belt, Zhang Weili.