Jon Jones Reacts as Alex Pereira Leaves Nina Marie Daniele and Others Stunned With Jaw Dropping Move in Sparring

Published 02/01/2024, 2:26 AM EST

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Alex Pereira’s rise in the UFC has been second to none. In the least amount of time, he has become a world champion in two weight divisions. Needless to say, he could not have achieved this feat without being highly skilled. His striking is of the highest order and what more could legitimize the fact than a seal of approval from the consensus MMA GOAT?

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In a recent turn of events, without even making a competition, Pereira is making headlines in the MMA world with his skill set after sharing sparring footage. It garnered attention from the fans and also many notable personalities like Jon Jones and Nina Marie Daniele.

Alex Pereira shows off elite striking in sparring

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Alex Pereira’s spar was quite intense. Towards the end of the spar, he even dropped his sparring partner. The light heavyweight champion himself posted the footage in which he got the better of his partner.

Captioned with his catchphrase ‘Chama,’ the footage shows Pereira starting off easy against a much more active partner. Slowly, Pereira amped up his offense while fending off his opponent’s strikes.

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Towards the end of the clip, we can see the UFC champion picking his opponent apart, eventually catching him with his famed left hook. The blow stunned his partner, who stumbled away from the scene to gather his wits.

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What caught the attention of the online community, apart from his brilliant striking display, was his unique way of checking leg kicks. Let us see why it was peculiar.

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Normally, a fighter checks a leg kick by turning their legs outside, so that the kicker takes more damage. An alternative to this is how the UFC legend Jose Aldo, and former champion Charles Oliveira, lift and fold their lead leg, making the opponent completely miss his mark.

But Pereira blocked the leg kicks by bringing his back leg behind his lead leg and shielding himself with the underside of his foot. This drew quite a few reactions.

MMA media influencer, Nina Marie Daniele was intrigued by the method of checking leg kicks and was curious to know about the same: “⁠What do you call that leg check you do?”

On similar lines, another fan was left fascinated by that method: “Those blocks on the low kicks is wild.”

Even Dillion Danis, A MMA fighter lauded this technique and stated, “Never seen anybody block a kick like that.” 

One fan thinks the champion was not even trying his best and yet made it seem like a walk in the park: “This what happens when Alex goes 20%”

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UFC Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones was left impressed and stated, “It was all fun games until Alex got in the zone”

Last but not least, one fan wondered why his sparring partner tried to test his luck. “Why would anyone try to test poaton in sparring lmao”

It is safe to say that the sparring footage has left the MMA world amused. However, Jon Jones, one of the greats of the sport had nothing but kind words for him., This might rub well on Pereira, given his respect for Jones and his desire to train with him.

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Harddit Bedi

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