Michel Pereira


Barely gets by Khaos Williams
December 19, 2020
Pereira defeated Khaos Williams via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It may not have been Pereira's best performance to date, but Williams is a legitimately talent opponent with insane power, and the Brazilian did an excellent job of keeping him off balance. Pereira battled on even terms over the course of the first ten minutes before scoring a pair of key takedowns in Round 3. He secured both with relative ease, and it's fair to wonder why he didn't make a concerted effort to get Williams to the mat throughout the course of the fight. Ultimately, it didn't cost him. Pereira is a load at 170 pounds. He keeps himself in great shape and is one of the most unique fighters around. Pereira kept those antics to a minimum in this one and emerged victorious as a result. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him go on an extended winning streak as we head into 2021.
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Booked against Khaos Williams
November 21, 2020
Pereira will take on Khaos Williams in a welterweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Dec. 19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Pereira last fought in early September, defeating Zelim Imadaev via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. He's demonstrated proficiency on his feet, and his matchup against Williams should be an intriguing one. It took Williams just 30 seconds to defeat Abdul Razak Alhassan via KO (punch) at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 14. He showcased elite power in the matchup, and he'll have a quick turnaround against Pereira. Pereira has an edge in height, but Williams carries an advantage in reach.
Ends masterclass with submission
September 5, 2020
Pereira defeated Zelim Imadaev via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
He couldn't resist the occasional clowning (including literally dancing in front of his opponent), but we saw a largely focused Pereira in the cage Saturday, using his speed, movement, and power to hurt and frustrate Imadaev at every opportunity. We still need to see how he will handle an attack from a dedicated wrestler, but his ability to keep range and fire powerful strikes makes him dangerous against anyone on the feet, particularly since it appears he has gotten better at dealing with pressure. Pereira improves to 24-11 (2 NC) in professional MMA as a result if the win.
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 Sept. 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.
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.