FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Michael Pereira
By Dan McConnell
This weeks UFC card looked like one that was hanging on by a thread. Due to the many unexpected changes and last minute cancellations, the event took place with only seven bouts on the card.
This made history as the smallest card the UFC has ever since TUF 2 in November 2005.
Despite the changes the show must go on in Las Vegas which served up 2 KO’s, 3 submissions and 2 decisions.
For his impressive offense and submission win due to a rear-naked choke, Michael Periera takes home this weeks award for a second time!
After a flying knee and punches debut win over Danny Roberts, which was video game like using power combos until something landed. Michael Periera certainly put his name on notice!
Two quick defeats to Tristen Connelly and Diego Sanchez slightly derailed the Brazilians UFC welterweight aspirations.
But a victory this weekend showed why he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. Periera smashed Zelim Imadaev from the first bell until he sunk in a slick submission later in the third round.
A high energy character has certainly added some juice to the 170-pound division. A call out for current BMF title holder Jorge Masvidal may seem premature, but who wouldn’t want to see this striking masterclass between the two?
With a UFC record of 2–2, I think someone like Mike Perry would be much more realistic and interesting for Periera at this stage.