7 fights into UFC, Alex Pereira joins Conor McGregor after $24,000,000 special achievement

Alex Pereira reflects on his amazing victory against Jiri Prochazka and becoming the two-division champion in such a short time.

7 fights into UFC, Alex Pereira joins Conor McGregor after $24,000,000 special achievement

Alex Pereira makes record in his UFC 295 win, placing him with the likes of Conor McGregor (via Imago/MMA Mania)

Alex Pereira carved his name in the annals of MMA history by becoming the ninth-ever two-division champion at UFC 295. Pereira’s victory as the evening’s headliner not only demonstrated his brilliance in the octagon but also propelled UFC 295 to the second-highest-grossing event at MSG.

According to official numbers, UFC 295 made an incredible $12,432,563 in gate money, with a sell-out audience of 19,039 people. Despite a minor drop in attendance compared to UFC 281 in November 2022, the event had a stunning 7% rise in income, demonstrating Pereira’s financial influence. This is what was posted on X:

Pereira having a 9-2 record in MMA yet still headlining two of the biggest events in MSG history is insane
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The event was originally scheduled to include a heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. However, this became questionable after Jones sustained an injury. With Alex Pereira in the forefront, however, UFC 295 not only surpassed expectations but also cemented its status as a record-breaking spectacle.

What makes Pereira’s accomplishment even more impressive is the quickness with which he achieved two-division champion status. Pereira’s road to becoming a double champion has been nothing short of incredible. His MMA career has only seven fights in the UFC and 11 professional fights altogether.

Pereira’s knockout victory over Jiri Prochazka guaranteed him the light heavyweight championship. It also helped the event’s unprecedented financial success. This victory places Pereira’s name with the likes of Conor McGregor who played a key part in UFC 205. UFC 205 was the highest-grossing event at MSG, breaking the $17 million mark.

Alex Pereira reflects on his win and becoming a double champ within such a short time

Alex Pereira made history by becoming the UFC’s eighth two-division champion in a historic victory at UFC 295. Despite his quiet demeanor, Pereira showed great pleasure and excitement after his championship victory. He stopped Jiri Prochazka to add the light heavyweight crown to his middleweight achievements.

Pereira’s extraordinary road to becoming a double champion happened at an unbelievable rate in only his seventh appearance in the cage.

Alex Pereira reflects on becoming a double champ in such a short time
Alex Pereira reflects on becoming a double champ in such a short time (via Bleacher Report)

The Brazilian fighter, famed for his striking ability, stopped Prochazka with a succession of hooks and elbows, bringing the main event to a close. Pereira emphasized the significance of claiming two weight class titles after years of training while reflecting on this win. This is what he said in a post-fight press conference:

It means a lot to me to conquer this after so many years of training and dedication, and it’s also very important for me to be able to show to everybody where I came from, my humble beginnings. So to get here and achieve this is a big achievement for me.
Alex Pereira in the UFC 295 post -fight interview

The freshly crowned two-division champion wasted no time in asking for a trilogy match with his longtime foe, former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Fight fans will ravish the chance to see these two long-time rivals fight each other one more time.

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