GLORY Kickboxing officially announced it signed the organization’s middleweight champion Alex “Po Atan” Pereira to a new contract today.
Pereira previously posted on a social media account he re-signed with the organization, and also disclosed to an MMA site he is allowed to compete in MMA under the new deal if GLORY provides prior approval.
According to the official press release, the new GLORY-Pereira contract is of the “long-term” variety, and is a “multi-fight multi-year deal.”
Pereira has established himself as one of the promotion’s top talents. The hard-hitting Brazilian lifted the belt from Simon Marcus in 2017, and again beat the Canadian by decision in their return bout. Pereira has also successfully defended against top contender Yousri Belgaroui twice-scoring a spectacular one-punch knockout over the Tunisian-Dutch challenger last summer at GLORY 55.
There was speculation Pereira may jump ship when his previous contract expired. The fighter teased a switch to MMA last year in a since-deleted Instagram post.
With the new agreement, Pereira remains a GLORY fighter. His next bout “will be announced in the coming weeks.”
GLORY chief Marshall Zelaznik was pleased the organization was able to re-sign the Brazilian bomber.
“You only have to look at his recent performances to know that Alex Pereira is the most dangerous middleweight striker on the planet right now,” he said.
“Pereira gets in there to finish fights – that’s why fans love him and that’s why we are delighted to have signed this new deal with him.”
Pereira is also pleased to continue with the GLORY promotion.
““I’m proud to be a GLORY fighter and I am proud also to represent Brazil on the world stage and play my part in growing the sport in Brazil,” he said.
“With my new management team around me, I can do anything. A lot of us in Brazil live a hard reality but I am living proof that everyone has a chance to make something of themselves in life. I’m doing this for us all,” said Pereira.