Carlos Alexandre Pereira (right) has signed with Bellator. | Photo: Marcelo Alonso
Shooto’s 183-pound South American champion, Carlos Alexandre Pereira, has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and is expected to debut with the Chicago-based promotion on Nov. 19.
Sherdog.com on Friday confirmed the signing with a source close to the Brazilian. “Indio” is expected to compete in Bellator’s welterweight division. The fighter’s likely Bellator 58 debut will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. No opponent has been announced for Pereira.
A winner in 13 of his last 14 contests, Pereira won the South American light heavyweight strap in 2009 at Shooto Brazil 13, knocking out Andre Santos in the second round. Following three consecutive wins, Pereira suffered his first loss since 2007, falling by knockout to Shooto world champion Siyar Bahadurzada in August 2010.
Pereira has not lost since, earning a technical knockout over Junior Baba before fighting fellow Bellator signee Luis Santos to a draw at Amazon Fight 8 in May. Most recently, the 32-year-old submitted Silmar Nunes with an arm-triangle choke on Aug. 18. A veteran of 43 pro fights, the Dragon Fight and Nova Uniao representative owns 22 of his career victories by knockout.
Gleidson Venga contributed to this report.