former two-division champion and current holder of the UFC middleweight belt admitted something.

that he was scared to face Strickland and was intimidated when the latter locked eyes with him before their fight.

Strickland had 25 fights under his belt, and was ranked No. 4 among middleweights.

according to Pereira  He was also skilled and dangerous.

He said"I was terrified, but a little of my fear subsided when I heard him speak.

The left hook Pereira used to defeat Israel Adesanya in their 2017 kickboxing battle.

The victory propelled him into the UFC title picture, where he defeated Adesanya.

 He become the first fighter to defeat "The Last Stylebender" in both kickboxing and MMA.

In terms of men's pound-for-pound rankings, he is currently ranked #8.

He continued: “He’s another person inside the Octagon, different from his normal personality.