Alex Pereira’s younger sister Aline will make her mixed martial arts debut just days after UFC 281.
It’s not uncommon for family members to follow one another down a similar path, especially when it comes to picking your career.
Whether it be due to shared talents or already having a decent idea of what to expect, it happens all the time – and that’s especially true in combat sports.
Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters and even cousins have all shared the same destiny, whether it be in boxing, MMA or pro wrestling.
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The same extends to the realm of kickboxing, too, which has created many stars that have eventually gone on to thrive in the UFC, with two quick examples being Alistair Overeem and Israel Adesanya.
Alas, the talent pool is far deeper than that with many of the current roster plying their trade in kickboxing too.
That’s certainly the case for Alex Pereira, the 34-year-old sensation from Brazil who has burst onto the scene with a 3-0 record since debuting in New York City last year.
His striking ability has helped him transition seamlessly into the big time and moving forward, there are some seriously big things on the horizon for him.
In addition to that, the same is true for his younger sister Aline Pereira.
Video: Aline Pereira means business
The 6-2 kickboxing star will head into the MMA world for the first time at LFA 147 to battle Helen Peralta, and if you don’t know what she’s all about, perhaps you should check out what she did to Crystal Lawson in less than one minute back in 2019.
If that isn’t the definition of a sharpshooter, we don’t know what is.
Poatan’s time to shine
Alex Pereira knocked out Sean Strickland this past summer and as a reward for his efforts, he will now challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 281.
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We’re less than two weeks away from fight night and although ‘Stylebender’ is the clear favourite, it’s hard not to see Pereira as the most legitimate threat to Israel’s belt outside of Robert Whittaker.
Pereira has beaten Adesanya twice before in their kickboxing days and even though that won’t mean much inside the Octagon, you just know his confidence is going to be through the roof at Madison Square Garden next weekend.
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