Heading into the fight, many wondered if Strickland would choose to rely on his own striking skills to stand and trade with the former kickboxing champion. “Tarzan” seemed comfortable walking forward on the Brazilian for the first few minutes of the fight, but halfway through the first round Pereira reminded everyone of how dangerous he is.
“Poatan” landed a vicious left hook that dropped Strickland before a follow-up right hand finished the job. Strickland got to his feet quickly but was clearly compromised as he walked on unsteady legs to try and protest the stoppage.
MMA World Reacts To Pereira’s Massive Win
The middleweight bout was arguably the most anticipated non-title fight at UFC 276, and fighters reacted to the finish accordingly.
Much of the narrative heading into UFC 276 involved a potential fight between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Pereira. The Brazilian holds two victories over “The Last Stylebender” from their kickboxing careers.
MMA News has all of the results and highlights from UFC 276.