Alex Poatán has the chance to achieve an unprecedented feat, if he faces and beats the Englishman Tom aspinall No. UFC 300, an event that takes place on April 13th, in Las Vegas (USA). The current light heavyweight champion (up to 93 kg.) could become the first three-time champion in different categories of the organization, as he was also middleweight champion (up to 83,9 kg.) in the past.
The possible fight between Poatan and Aspinall, who is the interim heavyweight champion (up to 120 kg), has not yet been officially confirmed by the UFC, but the two fighters have already given indications that the confrontation is close to happening. On their social networks, both made mysterious posts that suggest participation in the UFC 300.
Last month, the Brazilian published a mathematical equation that resulted in 300, accompanied by a rocket emoji. Many fans interpreted this as a reference to the event number and his meteoric rise in Ultimate, where he won two belts in just seven fights and two years with the company.
Aspinall shared an image of a plane ticket from London, where he lives, to Las Vegas, between the 7th and 14th of April, coinciding with the week of UFC 300. Additionally, he used a rock emoji, which is Poatan's trademark in his posts.
The interim UFC heavyweight champion, Tom aspinall, indicated fight against Alex Poatán No. UFC 300. After publishing the image below, in which he searches for a flight to Las Vegas for the date of the historic card, in April, the Englishman shared the Brazilian star's characteristic 'emoji'. pic.twitter.com/lLUqpxJs7s
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Alex Poatan's change of level
If the fight comes to fruition, Alex Poatán will have the opportunity to go down in MMA history as one of the greatest names of all time. He is already considered one of the most decorated martial artists of the last decade, having been champion in two categories in GLORY, the main kickboxing organization in the world, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Now, the São Paulo native can repeat the feat in the UFC and even surpass a select group of athletes who have established themselves in two different weight categories: Amanda nunes, Conor McGregor, Henry Cejudo, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture. None of them managed to become three-time champions, which could be what sets Alex apart.
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Hardness for the Brazilian
To do so, he will have to overcome Aspinall, who is one of the most feared heavyweights today. The Englishman has a record of 14 positive results and three negative results — all of them due to knockouts or submissions.