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Pereira explains decision to take risky short-notice fight: “I have my ancestors with me”

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Alex Pereira will headline UFC 303. Photo via YouTube

As Frontkick recently reported, Conor McGregor’s fight agianst Michael Chandler is no longer headlining UFC 303 on June 29.

Alex Pereira stepped in to save UFC 303 by defending his light heavyweight title on short notice, as he will take on former champion Jiri Prochazka at T-Mobile Arena.

“I understand that this fight is very close and there may be difficulties with the lead up time but if there is somebody that can make this happen it is me! Poatan!” Pereira said about taking such a risky fight on short notice.

“This is why I am one of the biggest names in the UFC Alex Pereira!!! I take risks that not one other person would be willing to take but I know I have my ancestors with me. The spirits are with me and I’m ready for it all.”

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Updated UFC 303 line up

  • Light Heavyweight: Alex Pereira (c) vs. Jiří Procházka
  • Featherweight: Brian Ortega vs. Diego Lopes
  • Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith vs. Carlos Ulberg
  • Women’s Bantamweight Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Macy Chiasson
  • Welterweight: Ian Machado Garry vs. Michael Page
  • Middleweight: Joe Pyfer vs. Marc-André Barriault
  • Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Andre Fili
  • Featherweight: Charles Jourdain vs. Jean Silva
  • Bantamweight: Payton Talbott vs. Yanis Ghemmouri
  • Women’s Strawweight: Michelle Waterson-Gomez vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Martin Buday
  • Flyweight: Rei Tsuruya vs. Carlos Hernandez
  • Bantamweight: Ricky Simón vs. Vinicius Oliveira

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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