Michel Pereira



Middleweight fight scheduled
August 20, 2023
Pereira will compete against Marc-Andre Barriault in a middleweight fight at UFC Vegas 81 on Oct. 14, according to Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com.
Pereira missed weight for a welterweight fight he had scheduled against Stephen Thompson at UFC 291. Instead of remaining in that class, he will move up one for his next bout. The last time Pereira fought at middleweight was during 2018, when he logged a 1-1 record.
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Fight called off
July 28, 2023
Pereira's scheduled bout with Stephen Thompson at UFC 291 has been cancelled, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
After weighing in heavy, Pereira's matchup with Stephen Thompson has been scratched from the UFC 291 card. It is unclear whether the two will look to reschedule at a future event.
Weighs in heavy
July 28, 2023
Pereira missed weight in advance of his scheduled welterweight bout with Stephen Thompson, MMAJunkie.com reports Friday.
Pereira weighed in at 174 pounds, which is four pounds too heavy. It's currently unclear if the fight will go on as planned at a catchweight, but if it does, Pereira will be fined part of his purse.
Thompson fight rebooked
May 17, 2023
Pereira's scheduled welterweight matchup against Stephen Thompson has been rebooked for UFC 291 on July 29 in Salt Lake City, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Pereira has had a tough time scheduling an opponent in 2023, as a February matchup against Sean Brady was scrapped following a Brady withdrawal. Then, the matchup against Thompson was scheduled to go down at UFC 289 on June 10, but it would ultimately get pushed back seven weeks. Pereira was as high as a (+185) betting underdog for the original matchup, and not much is expected to change here. While Pereira's tremendous athleticism makes him an electric -- and often unpredictable -- fighter, Thompson is a true veteran of the sport with some of the best footwork and standup defense in the game, even at the age of 40. Pereira will need to employ something unorthodox, or even lean on his grappling game, in order to find success and shoot up the 170-pound rankings.
Fight postponed
May 2, 2023
Pereira's fight versus Stephen Thompson at UFC 289 on June 10 is off and instead be rescheduled to July, Cole Shelton of bjpenn.com reports.
No reasons were given as to why the fight was postponed, but contracts were never officially given out. However, UFC fans can be optimistic that the bout between Pereira and Thompson will occur in July.
Tabbed to fight at UFC 289
April 4, 2023
Pereira will take on Stephen Thompson at UFC 289 on June 10, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Pereira was supposed to fight Sean Brady in late March, but his opponent was forced to withdraw and the UFC did not book a replacement. The promotion will give Pereira a shot against a veteran in Thompson who is coming off a broken hand stemming from his fight in December with Kevin Holland.