Both fighters have said they are going to bring the fight, and that type of mentality is something that Pereira respects. And with the fighters combining for 24 finishes in their 27 victories, fans should expect fireworks when the two collide in the UFC APEX on March 12.

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“Bruno said he’s going to come to knock me out, to throw hands. He might try to do that, but depending on how I behave in the Octagon, he might change his strategy,” Pereira said. “He is a guy who, even before fighting in the UFC, has been showing why he’s respected. In the UFC, he already has those three wins by knockout. He’s a kid who deserves people giving him all these compliments. I think it’s going to be a tough fight, but I prepared a lot for it, and I want to come out with the win.”

This fight against Silva is really the perfect opportunity for Pereira to solidify himself as more than a prospect with some hype behind him. A statement win would set Pereira up for big fights in 2022 and likely help him get a crack the middleweight Top 15 sooner rather than later.


Don’t miss Pereira’s sophomore UFC performance this weekend, as he takes on Bruno Silva at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev on ESPN+ at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.