Michel Pereira


In line for September bout
July 15, 2020
Pereira is expected to take on Zelim Imadaev in a welterweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event on Sep. 5, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Pereira is an exciting fighter with all the physical tools in the book, but he's been unable to reach his potential so far, losing back-to-back UFC fights. He considerably gassed out in a matchup against Tristan Connelly and was DQ'd due to an illegal knee in a February matchup against Diego Sanchez. He'll now take on an opponent in Imadaev who is 0-2 with the company as well, in a bout that could end up a "win or go home" matchup. Imadaev has a slight edge in striking volume, but Pereira has superior marks in both striking defense and grappling. Pereira will be the slightly taller man in the cage, but Imadaev will hold a three-inch reach advantage.
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DQ'd after landing illegal knee
February 15, 2020
Pereira lost to Diego Sanchez via disqualification (illegal knee) at 3:09 of Round 3 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Pereira carried his same regular antics into the Octagon with a choreographed walkout and in-cage break dancing, but when the actual fight started, he seemed more calm and calculated than normal. He controlled the center of the Octagon throughout the first round, using his reach to his advantage and landing the more effective strikes. The second round also served to put Pereira's physical advantages on display, as he kept his distance, avoided danger and landed a few effective knees of his own. He also recorded a takedown to close out a dominant second frame. Pereira started to really turn things up in Round 3, but in a series of knees that put Sanchez on the ground, he connected with an illegal shot to a downed Sanchez. The illegal knee opened Sanchez up and affected his vision, and Sanchez elected not to continue. It will go down as a loss for Pereira, but anyone who watched this fight will know he was the superior combatant.
Added to UFC Rio Rancho card
December 4, 2019
Pereira will face Diego Sanchez in a welterweight matchup at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Pereira will appear in his first fight since losing to Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision at UFC Vancouver in September, which brought his UFC record to 1-1 and professional record to 23-10. Pereira missed weight ahead of the fight and was focused on showmanship throughout the first round, so it's safe to wonder whether he will take Sanchez more seriously now that he has a blemish on his UFC record. Sanchez is coming off a loss to Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision at UFC 239 in July, a fight in which he was overpowered for most of the matchup. Pereira carries slight advantages in height and reach as he looks to return to the win column.
Falls as massive favorite
September 14, 2019
Pereira lost to Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
Pereira apparently seemed more interested in choreographed routines and in-cage gymnastics than putting together a winning game plan. The first round was characterized by cartwheels and backflips, showing that he didn't think particularly highly of his debuting opponent. Connelly looked to make him pay for it with several heavy shots in the second round, but Pereira got back on track with a takedown around the two-minute mark that allowed him to control the rest of the round. By the third frame, it was clear Pereira's gas tank was nearly on empty. He survived a guillotine attempt, but Connelly got him back on his back and consistently scored points via ground strikes for a round that could have been scored 10-8. All in all, it was a poor showing for Pereira, who missed weight and still lost as a (-460) betting favorite. He has all the skill in the world, but is hopefully humbled by this experience and takes his next opponent a bit more seriously. While this matchup won Fight of the Night honors, Pereira will not be eligible for the $50,000 post-fight bonus due to the fact he missed weight.
Misses weight, fight will go on
September 13, 2019
Pereira missed weight for his welterweight bout against Tristan Connelly on Saturday but the fight will still take place, Bryan Tucker of MMAFighting.com reports.
Pereira just got a replacement opponent last week in Connelly after Sergey Khandozhko was forced to withdraw. After not making weight, he will have to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to his opponent.
Facing Tristan Connelly in Vancouver
September 10, 2019
Pereira (23-9-0, 2 NC) is slated to face Tristan Connelly (13-6-0) in a welterweight fight Saturday at UFC Vancouver, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
The promotion tabbed Connelly as a short-notice replacement for Sergey Khandozhko, who was unable to make the trip to Canada due to visa issues. Pereira, who carries a three-fight winning streak into the bout, will have a massive advantage in terms of preparation for the fight. Connelly most recently competed in the lightweight division for the Rise FC promotion and will have to move up a weight class in his matchup with Pereira.