Michel Pereira… WOW… Now what?
Pereira had one of the most impressive UFC debuts in a while and came into the UFC with hype behind him. He’s a different fighter from Brazil, a wild and unorthodox… very unorthodox style… that is flashy and full of flair. The fight did not last long, but that is absolutely what fight fans got. In one UFC fight, Pereira is in consideration for The Scrap’s KO of the Year award, and an early look at being a contender for The Scrap’s Newcomer of the Year award as well.
From fancy footwork, to jumping off the cage and then a jumping knee, Pereira was a sight to see. Danny Roberts is a longtime veteran in the UFC and has shown he can hang around and hold his own. Roberts looked absolutely clueless as far as how to defend Pereira, with absolutely no fault to Roberts. The attacks were mixed in with wild movements and it was hard to tell where everything was coming from. Twice Pereira jumped off the cage looking for highlight finishes while Roberts evaded and kept a safe distance, and out of range. What happened as soon as Roberts started to go on the offensive and move forward, he became acquainted with the knee of Pereira.
Pereira is young, at just 25 years old, and is big for a welterweight. Pair the Brazilian’s size, with his athleticism, and you get a crowd pleasing finisher that should impose his will on a division physically. Being as athletic and big as he is at 170 lbs, there is serious potential for Pereira to make some noise in this division. All that is nice to look forward too, but we have seen very little of him in the octagon, and he still has much to prove before he makes some real noise.
What should be next for Pereira?
The welterweight division is full of talent and fighters on the rise, so he may need to do some more work before he earns a fight with a ranked opponent. More highlight finishes like his most recent, will move him up that list quickly. The best thing for Pereira to do is stay active and fight often, especially if the fights were quick and you did not sustain an injury. He could follow a similar route as another new Brazilian, Johnny Walker, who is currently ranked #12 in the light heavyweight division. Frequent flashy finishes get fans. Try saying that 5 times fast. Pereria also seems to be a natural in the spotlight, much like Walker. Pereria danced and sang his way into the ring and soaked in every moment as he entered the octagon. He seems to love the attention, his fighting style and lifestyle blend together and his personality shines when the cameras are on him. He has true star potential.
Pereira has a long way to go, but the potential is there. Being 25 years old gives him time to work in the UFC, and learn. He also has over 30 professional fights in his career already.
The future is bright for this young fighter.
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