Key statistics: 7:38 average fight time, 6.29 strikes per minute, 60% hit accuracy
What this means: Pereira is physically intimidating at 6-foot-4 with limbs that seem loaded with springs with fight-ending power. His signature move is his left hook, which he can lead and counter with impact. He likes to sit on strikes early, but he’s perhaps most effective when he’s stringing shots through threes and fours. His kicking game is solid and he is quick when he decides to turn. In clinch he likes to frame and hit, but he is patient in all positions as he fully believes in his ability to finish the contest in the blink of an eye.
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What to look for in combat: Famously, these two have a history dating back to their kickboxing days. Also famous, Pereira has won twice, once by knockout. In both fights, however, Adesanya was more the point guard and he kept Pereira guessing. That said, Pereira’s power is an equalizer. In MMA, the two have a slightly different approach. Watch for Adesanya to establish low kicks and body kicks early while staying smart on the left side of Pereira. Pereira will likely feel like he can take Adesanya down, so footwork is something to watch as the fight develops.
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