The UFC has now entered the Michel Pereira era. That’s the big takeaway from last night’s UFC Fight Night event from Rochester, New York.
Sure, the event delivered more finishes than any other UFC card so far this year. Sure, we saw a stunning head-kick KO in the very first fight of the night. And sure, we saw former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos break down and eventually submit Kevin Lee in the main event.
But everything paled into insignificance when compared to the debut appearance of Brazil’s Michel ‘Demolidor’ Pereira.
He was the man who produced a highlight reel of techniques that veered from the sublime to the ridiculous prior to being called up by the UFC. And he was the man who we confidently predicted would get picked apart by seasoned Brit Danny Roberts, who has been there, seen it and done it many times before inside the octagon.
But Pereira had other ideas. He was determined to make a big impression, and boy did he do that. He bawled his eyes out as he made a very long, slow walk to the octagon. Then, as octagon announcer Joe Martinez announced him to the Rochester crowd, he performed a breakdance routine.
Michel Pereira with the moves at #UFCRochester! pic.twitter.com/kY7Ubk4K8J
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) May 18, 2019
Then, when the fight began, he put on a show, attempting a host of flashy techniques before eventually finding Roberts’s chin with a HUGE flying knee and following up with a massive right hand.
Roberts was knocked out, and everyone watching was left shocked, stunned and not a little amazed by what they just witnessed.
Michel "Demolidor" Pereira pic.twitter.com/35aBDhAIGH
— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) May 18, 2019
And with Pereira operating in one of the most exciting weight classes in the UFC, the 170-pound welterweight division – there is a host of exciting options for the UFC’s matchmakers as they look to book him in his next fight.
For us, there can only be one man who can combat crazy with crazy and produce a thrilling contest as a result.
Step forward, ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry…
And if the UFC could book it for International Fight Week, that would be lovely. Our flights are already booked.Find a full list of MMA odds over on paddypower.com