Michel Pereira has received a lot of heat following his loss to newcomer Tristan Connelly.
Pereira lost a unanimous decision to Connelly at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver in a fight in which he appeared to run out of gas.
Pereira (23-10 MMA, 1-1 UFC) showed off his acrobatics before the fight even started, and proceeded to throw wild attacks, backflips and flying knees right off the bat. He wasn’t able to land anything effective early, and started to slow down as the rounds winded down.
The gritty Connelly was able to withstand the early barrage, and controlled the rest of the fight with his grappling, wearing down Pereira. Originally a lightweight, Connelly took the fight on only five days’ notice. Pereira missed the welterweight limit by one pound.
Pereira, who was the biggest favorite on the card in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was showered with criticism following his loss to Connelly and he took to Instagram to respond to the critics. He insists that he got tired because his body shut down due to a tough weight cut, not because of his wild and acrobatic antics in the fight.
He vows to show that he can indeed go the full 15 minutes with his same entertaining style.
“Guys, a lot of bad things happened, I got tired, it was not because of the things I did, but because of the heavy weight. I cut 17.5 kgs alone, with no one helping me, and dealing with the stress of my cornerman’s visa who wasn’t there. Everyone else had someone to help and me with no one, no excuse, but I am a fighter who grows as the rounds are going and so I used a lot to reach the weight and my body shut down at the beginning of the second ROUND! I fight for you to give a show, let’s encourage more and criticize less, I already fight like this to have more fun at UFC, today’s fighters only think about winning the fight and making boring fights and that’s why MMA is falling a lot! I just want to make all my fans happy to watch a fight of mine, but this time things happened that led to my defeat! I lost to myself! Personal gratitude. I AM BACK AND I WILL BE BETTER STILL! And you will see that I have gas to fight the 3 ROUNDS no problem!”
“Demolidor” took the MMA world by storm in his UFC debut when he took out Danny Roberts in the first round at UFC on ESPN+ 10. While his second fight in the UFC didn’t go as planned, Pereira is eager to bounce back while delivering more show-stopping performances.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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