Former UFC champ Alex Pereira inducted into Glory Kickboxing Hall of Fame

Former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira added another accolade to his resume – exactly one week before his light heavyweight title challenge at UFC 295.

Pereira was inducted into the Glory Hall of Fame during the promotion’s Collision 6 event at GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. While Pereira was not present because he’s in the final stages of preparation for his Nov. 11 title fight vs. Jiri Prochazka, he recorded an acceptance video. The video was played as part of the announcement and can be viewed below.

The Glory Hall of Fame is a limited group so far. Pereira is the third member to be inducted. He joins “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini and former UFC fighter Semmy Schilt in the Hall.

Pereira competed in Glory 15 times from March 2014 to September 2021. He held both the middleweight and light heavyweight titles for the promotion and went 8-1 in championship bouts. Pereira walked away from kickboxing in late 2021 when he signed with the UFC.

After a 3-0 start in the promotion, Pereira finished then-champion Israel Adesanya to win the UFC middleweight title in November 2022. He lost the title in a rematch vs. Adesanya and elevated to light heavyweight where he earned a title shot in his divisional debut with a split decision win over Jan Blachowicz.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie