Michel Pereira



Takes war from Santiago Ponzinibbio
May 21, 2022
Pereira defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Disregard the 30-27 scorecard because it's laughable. This fight was as close as it gets, and if you asked ten people who deserved to win, five would have voted for each man. There is no question Pereira was the better man early on. He appeared to have Ponzinibbio guessing for the duration of Round 1, but struggled to land consistently on the feet the rest of the way, although he certainly still managed to punish his opponent with plenty of damage. All told, the striking numbers were nearly identical. Periera was credited with 110 total strikes landed on 216 attempts, while Ponzinibbio connected on 106 of 121 tries. Pereira -- as seen here -- has a tendency to slow down as his fights progress, and that's something to monitor if he ever finds himself in a bout scheduled for five rounds, but it's impossible to argue with the recent success. The 28-year-old has won five straight dating back to September 2020 and is going to get another notable opponent his next time out. In the meantime, he'll also take home an extra $50,000 after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Status for May fight unaffected
May 19, 2022
Pereira revealed Tuesday that he is involved in a pending DUI case, but that it will not affect his availability for his welterweight bout against Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Vegas 55 co-main event on May 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
Pereira disclosed that he was involved in an alleged DUI incident that took place in Las Vegas sometime between late-January and mid-March, but maintains that he was not to blame as he was sitting in the passenger seat of the car in question. The 28-year-old is looking to score his fifth-straight victory with a win against Ponzinibbio who currently ranks No. 14 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Looking for spot in rankings
May 1, 2022
Pereira has agreed to face Santiago Ponzinibbio in a welterweight battle at the UFC event scheduled for May 21, John Morgan of MMA Underground reports.
Pereira took a few lumps to begin his UFC run, but the 28-year-old has been more disciplined of late, and he now finds himself riding a four-fight winning streak (although the last three have been via decision). He'll now put his athleticism to the test against a veteran fighter in Ponzinibbio who currently sits at No. 14 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Both are high-volume strikers, though Pereira's defensive marks look better on paper. Pereira is also more prone to wrestle, and has never been taken down in his UFC career. Pereira will also stand slightly taller (one inch), though both men will check in with a 73-inch reach in a fight where fireworks should be expected.
Runs winning streak to four
January 22, 2022
Pereira defeated Andre Fialho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 270 on Saturday in Anaheim.
All three judges scored it the exact same way, with Fialho winning Round 1 and Pereira taking Rounds 2 and 3. It took Michel the better part of five-plus minutes to find his range. He seemed to feel his way through the opening frame before picking up the pace and connecting with more regularity on the feet. Pereira's pressure in the second round appeared to tire Fialho, and although he lasted to the final bell, that dip in energy allowed Michel to turn up the volume and earn the decision. Pereira can be frustrating at times, but he's still just 28 years of age and is legitimately one of the most explosive and talented athletes in the sport today. He's won four fights in a row and has one of the highest ceilings in the welterweight division.
Matchup with Fialho pushed back
January 11, 2022
Pereira's welterweight bout versus Andre Fialho will take place Jan. 22 at UFC 270 rather than at UFC Fight Night on Saturday as previously scheduled, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Fialho was reported as the replacement for Muslim Salikhov on Tuesday, but the COVID-19 protocols will prevent the bout from taking place this weekend. Pereira is coming off a win over Niko Price in July and has won his past three bouts, while Fialho is set to make his UFC debut.
Gets new opponent for Saturday
January 11, 2022
Pereira will take on Andre Fialho in Las Vegas on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Pereira had previously been scheduled to face Muslim Salikhov on that date, but Salikhov was forced to withdraw last week for undisclosed reasons. Pereira will instead attempt to stretch his winning streak to four against Fialho, who will be fighting under the UFC banner for the first time.