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Video: UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell oversees Alex Pereira’s final prep for UFC 287 title defense

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell is imparting some wisdom upon Alex Pereira ahead of his first UFC title defense.

Liddell, a former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion, is a friend and training partner to Pereira’s head coach, Glover Teixeira. In advance of Pereira’s title clash with Israel Adesanya at UFC 287 on April 8, “The Iceman” traveled to Connecticut to get a closer look at the UFC middleweight champion.

Pereira posted a pair of videos from Liddell’s visit, where he helped study tactics and go over technique in the gym ahead of fight night (via Instagram):

Pereira (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets Adesanya (23-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) once again the UFC 287 main event at Miami-Dade Arena in Miami. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. “Poatan” is 3-0 in combat sports against Adesanya, beating him twice in kickboxing before crossing over to MMA and taking the 185-pound title with a fifth-round TKO at UFC 281 in November.

Despite his advantage in the head-to-head series, Pereira is the betting underdog again at UFC 287. However, he’s got the support of a pair of legends in Liddell and Teixeira.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 287.

The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

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