Another Michel Pereira fight, another fight that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. “Demolidor” proved once again that he is one of the most unpredictable and fun fighters to watch in the UFC.
There was a little bad blood in his bout with Zelim Imadaev after the fighter from Russia reached out and slapped him during their faceoff at the UFC Vegas 9 weigh-ins. Pereira was able to extract his revenge in a dominant three-round performance that combined outstanding striking, explosive attacks and showmanship.
At the very end of the bout, Pereira was able to get Imadaev’s back and sink in double hooks before securing a rear naked choke that ended the bout.
It was a huge win for Pereira, who now moves to 2-2 in the UFC and bounces back from consecutive losses (Pereira lost his last bout against Diego Sanchez due to an illegal knee). I’m not sure who the UFC is going to put in the Octagon with Pereira next, but I can guarantee it will be must-watch TV.
“I was really pissed at my opponent, because you don’t slap men in the face. I proved that I can fight amongst the best, that I deserve to be among the best and that Dana White and Sean Shelby can call me tomorrow and I’ll be ready,” Pereira told UFC.com. “I walk with the best, I train with the best, I train with world champions and if you train with world champions, you’ll be a world champion.”