Anthony Smith Reveals The Real Reason Behind Alex Pereira Accepting to Fight Jiri Prochazka on Such Short Notice

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In the lead-up to UFC 303, Anthony Smith shared intriguing insights about Alex Pereira’s decision to step up on short notice.Originally slated to feature Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, UFC 303 faced a setback when McGregor withdrew due to injury. The new headliner emerged:

a rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira and former champion Jiri Prochazka. Pereira had previously defeated Prochazka via second-round TKO in November 2023.

Anthony Smith’s Take

Anthony Smith, no stranger to short-notice fights, weighed in on Pereira’s willingness to accept the challenge. Smith believes that Pereira’s decision was “matchup-specific.” In other words, Alex Pereira accepted the fight because he had already trained for and fought Prochazka. Smith added that Pereira wouldn’t have taken the short-notice matchup against himself or Magomed Ankalaev, citing the different skill sets involved.

“It was probably very matchup-specific. Like, he wouldn’t have probably taken this fight with Magomed or, and I’m not trying to hype myself, but probably not with me. Just because it’s a different skill set. He’s already trained for Jiri one time before, so he’s familiar with him. He’s been in there with him, so again, he’s more familiar with him. There’s not the stress, and the shock and awe of the unknown” Smith stated.

A Potential Showdown Between Anthony Smith and Alex Pereira

Smith didn’t shy away from the possibility of facing Alex Pereira. If both Smith and Pereira emerge victorious on June 29th, a showdown between the two fighters could “line up.” Smith acknowledged the intricacies of mixed martial. arts and emphasized that he wouldn’t hesitate to call out Pereira if the opportunity arose.

Anthony Smith’s analysis sheds light on the motivations behind Pereira’s short-notice decision and hints at an exciting future matchup if the stars align at UFC 303. Fans eagerly await the outcome of both fighters’ bouts to see if fate indeed points toward a clash between Smith and Pereira.

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