A week ago you may have thought it was over as the excitement of Glory 34 wound down and the fighters and staff geared up for Glory 35 in Nice France on Saturday, November 5th. It truly is on to the next one, but Middleweight contender, Alex Pereira, has news for his fans, one specific contender and the world. Prior to his injury, Pereira was scheduled to face Israel Adesanya. While it would be their first match-up in Glory, it would by no means be their first. Earlier this year the two met in Glory of Heros 1 in China where Pereira defeated Adesanya by unanimous decision. In a personal message via Facebook, Pereira stated the following:
“In last GP of Glory, we had great fights ... Israel Adesanya has shown his notoriety in the category .... unfortunately due to an injury I was away, but I will be back stronger, faster and smarter... I can beat Israel Adesanya again (yes, I said again) and anyone in the middleweight division! I'm not any fighter, I'm a warrior! I'll be back”.
So clearly, it is not over. Pereira stated that he anticipates he will return to the sport in early February and will continue to have Adesanya hot on his radar. If you will recall, Pereira made his Glory debut in Zagreb 2014 with a shocking first round KO of Dustin Jacoby and has continued to attempt to impose his will over the course of the last two years also defeating Sahak Parparyan on that same night. He has also faced the former division champion Artem Levin and Jason Wilnis. Pereira’s career extends beyond his 2-2 record in Glory. Pereira actually has a record of nearly 40 fights with three quarters ending in knock-out. In other words, Pereira may be currently down due to injury, but far from being out of the game. 2017 looks to be an extremely promising year for Glory and all its fighters. If you ask Alex Pereira, it will be his time to shine and continue his path to middleweight champion.