Pereira, with a record of 9-2 in MMA and 6-1 in the UFC, achieved a monumental feat by becoming the ninth fighter in the company’s history to win titles in two different weight classes.
This victory was marked by a stunning second-round knockout of Jiri Prochazka (29-4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), crowning him the new light heavyweight champion.
Pereira’s journey to this historic moment has been nothing short of extraordinary. He has now claimed the 205-pound title, adding to his previous reign as the middleweight champion.
His achievement is underscored by the fact that he required only 11 MMA fights to become a two-division champion, the fewest in the company’s history. Additionally, his path to this dual-division success in just seven UFC fights is also a record in the organization.
The Brazilian fighter’s performance at UFC 295 was a testament to his prowess and determination. Pereira, who moved up to the light heavyweight division in July 2023, has now improved to 2-0 in this weight class.
Known for his knockout power, he has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage, all of which have been knockouts. His opponent, Prochazka, faced his fourth career loss by stoppage in this encounter.
UFC 295 itself was a spectacular event, hailed as the best of the year. The event saw two new champions crowned and featured eight stoppages in 13 fights.
Alongside Pereira’s historic win, Tom Aspinall claimed the interim heavyweight title with a quick 69-second knockout of Sergei Pavlovich. The event drew an impressive attendance of 19,039 and generated a live gate of over $12 million.
Fighters such as Pereira, Aspinall, Jessica Andrade, and others earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances. The event also saw betting favorites triumph in 10 out of 12 fights, with one ending in a draw.
As Pereira basks in the glory of his historic win, the focus now shifts to his next challenge. With his previous reign as a champion cut short, Pereira is now poised to attempt what he couldn’t achieve before a successful title defense. The MMA world eagerly awaits to see who will step up to challenge the new two-division champion as Pereira looks to cement his legacy further in the UFC annals.