Alex Pereira could make two UFC title defenses in three weeks

Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Alex Pereira, set to headline UFC 300, could return to the octagon in as little as three weeks if he makes a successful title defense against Jamal Hill to headline UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian has already discussed this possibility with the organization’s management.

“They asked me about it because I’ve always said I want to make my second defense as soon as possible,” UFC EssentiallySports quoted the champion as saying. “Now that the cards are so close, I have a good opportunity to do it. If everything goes well at UFC 300 with no injuries, the likelihood of that happening is very high.”

If this plan works out, Pereira could go into his title defense in Rio de Janeiro against Russia’s Magomed Ankalaev, ranked third in the division’s rankings.

As a reminder, UFC 300 takes place April 13 in Las Vegas, with the Brazilian numbered event scheduled for May 4.

The day before that the fight between Alex Pereira and Jamal Hill will be the main event of the anniversary show was officially announced by the head of the strongest league in the world, Dana White.