Former GLORY champ Pereira took one step closer to a title shot against his two-time kickboxing foe, stopping Strickland cold with a left hook and a right hand at the 2:36 mark of the opening frame.
Strickland is ranked No. 4 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings and No. in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings. With his concussive win, he will jump into the middleweight rankings – and quite possibly title contention.
Here’s what fighters had to say about Pereira’s finish at UFC 276.
I think I can speak for all fans when I say how bad we wanted to hear a Sean Strickland press conference for a title because he’s so nuts. Won’t get to see it tho bc he’s so nuts that he decided to stand right in front of Alex Perriera— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 3, 2022
This guy must have sledgehammers for fists! That was INSANE!! #UFC276— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 3, 2022
I was thinking no man can be that dumb to really try to walk down AP. He proved me wrong. https://t.co/zXKyPz6SnV— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) July 3, 2022
Well god damn! Lol that was so nasty!— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) July 3, 2022
Dang, Strickland was looking solid then ridiculous power from Periera— Funky (@Benaskren) July 3, 2022
I have been wrong till now— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) July 3, 2022
OH MY GOD!! Where did that come from? KO of the night#UFC276— Diana Belbiță (@DianaBelbita) July 3, 2022
Pereira is a scary dude!!— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) July 3, 2022
That hook was nasty— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) July 3, 2022
There go my my hopes for another Sean Strickland press conference— Louis Smolka (@LouisSmolkaMMA) July 3, 2022