Glover Teixeira: New UFC champ Alex Pereira on different level than other light heavyweights, but Jamahal Hill a great fight for him

NEW YORK – Glover Teixeira likes Jamahal Hill as a next opponent for Alex Pereira.

Pereira (9-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) captured the vacant light heavyweight title when he knocked out Jiri Prochazka (29-4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the second round in this past Saturday’s UFC 295 main event at Madison Square Garden.

Although Pereira called out former foe Israel Adesanya after his win, UFC CEO Dana White said ex-champ Hill (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is the fight to make. If Hill is indeed next, Teixeira feels confident about the matchup.

“If that’s the fight, I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Teixeira told MMA Junkie. “Like I said about Jiri, they’re great warriors – guys that I fought. Between Jiri and Jamahal, we had 50 minutes there, pretty much. It’s a great fight for Alex. Alex is a different level – he’s a different beast.”

It’s been an incredible run for Pereira in the UFC so far. He’s captured titles in two weight divisions in just seven octagon fights. Pereira was able to chop Prochazka’s legs down and make him pay on the counter before he got the finish.

“It was amazing the way the result came out,” Teixeira said. “I’m just so happy for the guy, the way he works. In the beginning of the round, I was just like, ‘Oh man, when is he going to pick up’ because he was not doing the shots fast. I was like, ‘He’s doing a trap’ or something, or ‘He’s going to get knocked out quick.’ Soon, two minutes into the fight, I knew it was going to be a quick night for Alex.”

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