Glover Teixeira, training partner to Alex Pereira, believes that Pereira could potentially move up to the heavyweight division in the future. Pereira recently secured his second UFC title by knocking out Jiri Prochazka in November, becoming a two-division champion in both GLORY Kickboxing and the UFC. While Pereira initially dismissed the idea of moving up to heavyweight, Teixeira sees it as a possibility due to Pereira’s discipline and professionalism.
Teixeira acknowledges that Pereira’s previous weight cut to make the middleweight limit was challenging, but he believes Pereira could make a successful transition to heavyweight with the right approach. Teixeira suggests that Pereira could adjust his diet and training routine outside of fight camps to gain mass for a potential move to the heavyweight division.
Currently, the UFC’s heavyweight division has two champions, Jon Jones and interim titleholder Tom Aspinall. Teixeira envisions Pereira being strong at heavyweight but advises against adding too much weight, suggesting that a weight around 242 pounds would be suitable.
As of now, the UFC has not announced Pereira’s next opponent or the timeline for his title defense in the light heavyweight division in 2024.