Alex Pereira came into the fight as somewhat of an underdog because he was going up against a seasoned UFC competitor in Strickland. Aside from some sharp footwork early in the round looking to put the Brazilian on the backfoot, Strickland barely got into the fight, and Pereira was his usual unforgiving self.
Pereira dealt some early kicks to his opponent’s calves and used the opportunity to test the range of his jabs. Despite being unbeaten at Middleweight going into this encounter, Strickland never looked like beating Pereira.
At just over two minutes on the clock in the first round, Pereira rattled his opponent with a good kick before following up with a powerful left hook and several smaller shots. The referee called the fight, and just like that, Alex Pereira ended Strickland’s imperious aura.