Brazilian knockout artist Alex Pereira officially vacated his WGP title, WGP Kickboxing announced yesterday.
Pereira, who is the current Glory middleweight champion, was also the WGP cruiserweight champion (85.1 kg). He last fought for the WGP organization in September 2017, and won the Glory championship a month later with a decision win over Simon Marcus. Pereira has successfully defended his Glory title three times-defeating Yousri Belgaroui twice by stoppage and repeating his earlier victory over Marcus. According to the article, Pereira has signed a new contract with the Glory organization.
“This is my best moment of my career, after defending the WGP belt a year ago things started to happen. Since then there have been five fights in a row and I’ve never had such a good phase. I leave the belt for good reason, everyone wants to fight in Glory and with me it’s no different. I want to keep champion, I am representing our country well and I want to continue this way. The WGP up to 85kg category has several athletes with great potential and would never hold the division, I’m sure other athletes can follow the same path as me,” Pereira said.
Pereira also thanked the WGP, stating he “would not have gotten anywhere without this support and I am who I am today thanks to the event.”
With Pereira vacating his title, the WGP will crown a new cruiserweight champion at the WGP #50 Special Edition on 27 October in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Argentina’s Lucas Alsina will face Brazilian Cesinha Almeida for the vacant title, part of a big show that features multiple WGP title bouts.
*Translated from Portugese.