5 times Alex Pereira hilariously showed absolutely zero emotion

Alex Pereira's deadpan stone face is iconic in the MMA scene. Here are five examples of that famous face.

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Reaction to Sean O'Malley's title win

Sean O'Malley sent a packed Boston crowd roaring with his second-round triumph over Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. After weeks of being taunted and counted out by fans and experts alike, O'Malley turned the table with a perfectly executed right hand that sent Sterling to the ground.

The American would later go on to deliver another clinical performance in a rematch against Marlon Vera, defending his title successfully at UFC 299. But for the moment, O'Malley had almost caused an upset. Cage-side, everyone looked shocked in various degrees of disbelief - Tatiana Suarez, Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler, Cory Sandhagen, and more.

But no one can accuse Alex Pereira of dropping his composure. As the TD Garden audience loudly celebrated the moment, Pereira sat, calm and composed as ever amid the crowd.

The victory allowed O'Malley to break into the top 10 of UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He debuted at No. 8, bumping the champion he beat three places down.

After decisively beating Vera at UFC 299, O'Malley called for a featherweight title fight against Ilia Topuria, which was not well received by top contender Merab Dvalishvili as well as Aljamain Sterling. In a tweet that sparked some heavy debate online, O'Malley confirmed that he will indeed fight Dvalishvili, but perhaps not before 2025.

Dana White does not seem too keen about O'Malley fighting Topuria yet. In the post-fight press conference, the UFC CEO said, "I don't know about moving divisions. You know how I feel about that.  Even Topuria was talking about not fighting anybody in the division after just winning the title.  That's crazy talk."

Alexander Volkanovski has also staked claim to a rematch with Topuria, but he will take some time off to recover and recuperate from two consecutive knockout losses - first against Islam Makhachev and then against the Georgian-Spaniard.