GLORY 65: Jason Wilnis Outlines Why He’s “The Better Kickboxer” Than Champ Alex Pereira
By FCF Staff
Jason Wilnis has defeated Alex Pereira twice before, and GLORY’s former middleweight champ maintains it’s simply because he’s a better striker than the current champ.
Wilnis is booked to fight Pereira at GLORY 65, May 17th, this Friday in Utrecht. In their previous bouts, in 2012 and 2015, Wilnis won those fights by stoppage and decision respectively.
Ahead of their upcoming, third bout, Wilnis had this to say about how he matches up against the reigning champ (quotes via Glory Kickboxing.com):
“He’s got two losses to me and that’s why he wants to fight me, but actually he’s coming all the way from Brazil to my home city to lose to me a third time and deliver the belt back where it belongs,”
“He’s beaten Marcus, Yousri and Adesanya but he’s not been able to beat me. Maybe my style is just [very effective] against him. I am just the better kickboxer. I’m a smarter thinker, stronger, faster. I’m just better everywhere – I am dangerous for him.
“But I cannot take him lightly, nothing is easy in this sport. You have to be 100% if you want to win. He’s a lot better than he was the first and second time I fought him. More experienced, stronger skills. He became a better fighter and that’s why he’s the champion.”
Wilnis (31-9-1) is coming off a TKO win over Jacob Rodriguez in February, which snapped a three-fight losing skid. Pereira (38-6), meanwhile, earned a decision win over Simon Marcus in his last bout, and has won five in a row.