Michel Pereira’s second UFC fight will go down after all at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16.
The explosive Brazilian welterweight Pereira (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will now face off with promotional newcomer Tristan Connelly (13-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie after a report from TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. The person asked to remain anonymous since the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Pereira originally was scheduled to take on Sergey Khandozhko, but visa issues forced the Russian out of the bout.
Earlier this year, Pereira jumped, backflipped, and spun his way into the national spotlight prior to signing with the UFC. In his UFC debut, Pereira trucked England’s Danny Roberts with a flying knee and single follow-up punch, which resulted in a knockout victory just 1:47 into the first round.
The fight with Pereira will be a home game for “Boondock” Connelly, who is billed out of Vancouver. The 33-year-old fighter usually competes at lightweight where he holds the Rise FC title. In his last nine fights, Connelly has gone 8-1 with all victories coming by way of finish.
The current UFC on ESPN+ 16 lineup is as follows:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje
- Nikita Krylov vs. Glover Teixeira
- Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes
- Michel Pereira vs. Tristan Connelly
- Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Jim Crute
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
- Augusto Sakai vs. Marcin Tybura
- Miles Johns vs. Cole Smith
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori
- Hunter Azure vs. Brad Katona
- Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly
- Ryan MacDonald vs. Louis Smolka
- Austin Hubbard vs. Kyle Prepolec
- Cole Smith hopes to put Squamish on map after homecoming at UFC on ESPN+ 16
- Jon Jones teases fight announcement; Jan Blachowicz hints it could be against him
- Kelvin Gastelum: Darren Till 'more dangerous than everybody thinks'
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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