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UFC 300: Alex Pereira will not have revenge for lead coach Glover Teixeira on his thoughts when dealing with Jamahal Hill

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Retribution is uncommon in blended martial arts. One profession is made on the expense of one other, usually with no revisions. However one thing peculiar is occurring within the gentle heavyweight division, a weight class that takes heart stage at UFC 300.

Gentle heavyweight holds a novel legacy within the sport because the glamour division for years throughout UFC’s increase within the late 2000s. Chuck Liddell, Glover Teixeira and Alex Pereira are three generations of coaching companions who ascended to the highest of UFC’s most storied division.

Pereira will defend the UFC gentle heavyweight championship in opposition to Jamahal Hill on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas on Saturday. It is his first gentle heavyweight title protection since beating Jiri Prochazka at UFC 295. The primary two opponents of Pereira’s gentle heavyweight title run are the final opponents of Texieira’s championship profession.

“I used to be preventing the highest 5 guys in the UFC and now that is what he is doing,” Teixeira instructed CBS Sports activities. “He acquired the belt. It is form of humorous as a result of Chuck, him and I had been hanging out the opposite day. I mentioned, ‘Hey, man. When Chuck retires, I am going to get that belt…’ Now, Alex has that gentle heavyweight belt. It is actually cool.”

Take a look at the complete interview with Glover Teixeira under.

Teixeira’s last fights weren’t for the faint of coronary heart. The previous champion went backwards and forwards with Prochazka in a five-round brawl deemed CBS Sports activities’ 2022 Combat of the Yr. Towards Hill, Teixeira confirmed unbelievable sturdiness for a person in his mid-40s however was bloodied and battered for 25 minutes. Pereira witnessed every crushing loss in Teixeira’s nook. Come struggle evening, the champ should clear these ideas from his thoughts.

“I am not going into this struggle with blended feelings about vengeance as a result of I do not need to play that recreation,” Pereira beforehand instructed CBS Sports activities via his interpreter and coach, Plinio Cruz. “I need to go in with a really optimistic mindset. So I am stepping into with the mindset that they’ve by no means fought earlier than. However wanting via the opposite facet of being capable of convey Glover’s belt again to the gymnasium, meaning loads to me.”

Pereira can draw from Teixeira’s experiences, however he’s not the one one benefiting from inside data. Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya suggested Hill forward of UFC 300. Pereira and Adesanya have a storied four-fight rivalry throughout kickboxing and MMA. Adesanya most lately knocked out Pereira, successful his first struggle within the sequence and stopping the one man to KO him. The fierce rivals know one another higher than most, making Adesanya a helpful useful resource for Hill.

“He answered any questions I had,” Hill instructed CBS Sports activities. “He mentioned, ‘I am an open e book, no matter questions you could have.’ And hell, I simply fired away questions.”

“Izzy beat Alex that one time,” Teixeira mentioned. “What number of instances is he going to struggle Alex and that struggle goes to show in Izzy’s favor? I do not see that taking place. Sure, he can get time anytime however I do not see Izzy having the ability to beat Alex. However Izzy is a good fighter and for certain if he is in anyone’s nook, he will assist them.”

There’s a sentiment that Pereira is the superior striker. At a primary stage, the numbers assist the declare. Pereira statistically has a better knockout proportion, putting offense and putting protection than his challenger. Pereira can be the one athlete to win two weight class titles in each Glory Kickboxing and UFC. That narrative doesn’t sit effectively with Hill.

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“It looks like I’ve to interrupt it down for laymen in any respect completely different instances and ranges. I’ve seen plenty of loopy, clown-ass issues,” Hill mentioned. “It is simply the easy proven fact that I am a greater fighter. It is the easy proven fact that I see issues completely different. My ability set could be very distinctive. It is not one thing that lots of people do. I do issues loads higher than loads of individuals do.

“That is my present. I am a really gifted particular person. A really gifted fighter. The ability set that I convey and the abilities that I convey inside that realm, they only produce outcomes like that. Exterior of the armbar that Paul Craig caught me in, who has competed with me? When has it been shut?”

Pereira takes Hill as a critical risk however sees him as a step under Prochazka in general abilities.

“I believe Jiri is extra correct and exact on his strikes. The best way that he throws and the way in which that he fights,” Periera instructed CBS Sports activities via Cruz. “Jamahal Hill has slightly extra benefit on his energy. It makes him harmful too as a result of no one needs to take that hit and go down in fights. However whenever you discuss ability stage, Jiri Prochazka is superior.”

Take a look at the complete interview with Alex Pereira under.

Revenge isn’t the driving pressure for Pereira and Teixeira. Feelings will be highly effective instruments for some fighters. Not Pereira. “Poatan” is stone-cold in his preparation and supply. His staff argues that vengeance is a fan-driven narrative. Nonetheless, beating Hill and Prochazka makes for a sweeter celebration.

“If that is what the followers like to listen to, go forward and say it,” Teixeira mentioned. “The truth is I am good. I am doing fantastic. Once I fought ‘Rampage’ [Jackson and Rashad Evans], lots of people mentioned I used to be avenging Chuck. The vengeance stuff. I might say, ‘Chuck is okay. He’s OK.’ 

“Alex was proper there rooting for me after I fought Jiri and Jiri acquired his hand raised. We had been all upset. The subsequent time Alex went up there and acquired the title from him to turn out to be champion. We had been all blissful about it and it felt good in a method. This man was blissful final time and now we acquired him. Jamahal is identical method. It is not a private factor. That is the sport.”

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