Michel Pereira


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.
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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.
Looking for new opponent
September 7, 2019
Pereira is seeking a new opponent for UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14 after Sergey Khandozhko withdrew due to visa issues, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
It's a quick turnaround to find a new opponent, but Commissioner Dana White said they're actively looking. Pereira is coming off an impressive UFC debut, defeating Danny Roberts via KO (strikes) at 1:47 of the first round.
Headed to UFC Vancouver
August 1, 2019
Pereira will square off against Sergey Khandozhko at UFC Vancouver.
Pereira made the most of his UFC debut, ending it in the first round with a flying knee and punch combo just 1:47 into the first round. Of his 22 career victories, nine of them have come via KO/TKO, with six ending via submission and six by decision. Pereira will aim to build off of his Performance of the Night effort versus Khandozhko, who is also coming off of a victory in his UFC debut.
Wows crowd in UFC debut
May 18, 2019
Making his UFC debut, Pereira defeated Danny Roberts via KO (strikes) at 1:47 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Rochester, New York on Saturday..
Now that's how you arrive on the scene! After breaking down in tears of joy before entering the Octagon and doing a break dance after ring announcer Joe Martinez mentioned his name, Pereira then went out and smashed an unsuspecting Roberts with a perfectly-placed combination that was finished with a vicious straight right hand. The Brazilian is entertaining, talented, and absolutely massive for the 170-pound division. His debut could not have gone any better, and Pereira is officially worth keeping an eye on moving forward. His unorthodox striking style poses risks, but will be fan-friendly and difficult to prepare for. On Saturday night, it earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.