Michel Pereira Claims He Cut 38.5 Pounds For UFC Vancouver

Michel Pereira suffered the first loss of his UFC run over the weekend in Vancouver. Pereira went all three rounds with Tristan Connelly, which the latter won via unanimous decision with scorecards of 29-28, 29-27, and 29-27. Unfortunately, Pereira came in one pound overweight for the fight. Therefore, he didn’t qualify for the bonus money […]

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Michel Pereira suffered the first loss of his UFC run over the weekend in Vancouver.

Pereira went all three rounds with Tristan Connelly, which the latter won via unanimous decision with scorecards of 29-28, 29-27, and 29-27. Unfortunately, Pereira came in one pound overweight for the fight. Therefore, he didn’t qualify for the bonus money he would’ve received after his fight with Connelly received Fight Of The Night.

Connelly, on the other hand, took home a $100,000 bonus. Now, Pereira has released a statement on his failed weight cut, claiming he cut 38.5 pounds for the contest on his own. Check out his full statement below (transcribed from Portuguese by MMA Fighting).

“Guys, many bad things happened. I got tired but not because of the things I did, but for the huge weight cut I had. I cut 17.5kg (38.5 pounds) by myself, with no on else (to help), and dealing with the stress of helping with my cornerman’s visa who wasn’t there. Everyone else had someone to help, I was alone there. It’s not an excuse, but I know I’m a fighter that grows as rounds goes by, but I got tired since my body shut down in the beginning of the second round.

“I fight for you guys, to put on a show or you. Let’s support more and criticize less. I fight this way to make UFC more fun. Fighters today only think about winning and put on boring fights, and that’s why MMA is decreasing so much. I want to make my fans happy by watching my fights, but this time things happened and led to my defeat. I lost to myself. I will be back to do it even better. You’ll see I have cardio to fight three rounds no problem.”

What do you think about Pereira cutting 38.5 pounds on his own for UFC Vancouver?

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Scott Coker: UFC Never Committed To Cris Cyborg’s Weight Class

Bellator president Scott Coker feels the UFC dropped the ball on Cris Cyborg’s weight class. Cyborg competed under the UFC banner from May 2016 to July 2019. Throughout her time with the promotion, Cyborg made it clear that she still wasn’t…

Bellator president Scott Coker feels the UFC dropped the ball on Cris Cyborg’s weight class. Cyborg competed under the UFC banner from May 2016 to July 2019. Throughout her time with the promotion, Cyborg made it clear that she still wasn’t enamored with UFC president Dana White or Joe Rogan for their jokes years prior […]

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Tyron Woodley Eyes Usman, Covington Fights Before Middleweight Jump

Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held. Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with […]

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Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held.

Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with his music and entertainment career on the side, but still has the desire to be the best mixed martial artist in the world. Speaking at a fan Q&A in Canada, Woodley laid out his plans for a return.

He’s hoping for fights with Colby Covington, a rematch – and trilogy – with Usman, before jumping up to middleweight. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“Obviously it’s going to be a lot of emotion in the Colby Covington fight. It’s going to be a lot of emotion in the (Kamaru) Usman fight,” Woodley said. “But outside of those two fights in that division, those are the ones that excite me the most, and after I get my belt and defend, if I fight Usman and beat him, I got to give him the rubber match.

“I can’t just say, ‘Nah-nah-nah, you can’t get me.’ I’ve got to give him a chance to get back out there and prove it. Then fighting Colby, obviously. Then I’m looking at 185 (pounds) after that.”

At this point in his career, Woodley is looking for fights that excite him. He’s still confused as to why he never received an immediate rematch for the title, but is ready to run through whoever necessary to get back to the championship.

“I just want fights that excite me,” Woodley said. “I want fights that are going to get me back to the title if it’s not an immediate rematch. When you look at a lot of fighters that are in similar situations as me, that had never defended, they were given instant rematches.

“And you’ve got to recognize that my deck of cards is my deck of cards. It’s not theirs. So whatever reason that fight wasn’t immediately rematched, I can’t cry over spilled milk. I’ve got to go out there and do what it takes for me to get back to the belt.”

What do you think about Woodley’s aspirations to fight Usman, Covington, and jump up to middleweight?

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Paulo Costa Claims Dana White Promised Him Next Middleweight Title Shot

Paulo Costa will be in Australia to witness the upcoming UFC middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. Costa comes off of an impressive victory over Yoel Romero, a bout in which both men put on a tremendous back-and-forth war. However, it was the young Brazilian who took home the decision victory […]

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Paulo Costa will be in Australia to witness the upcoming UFC middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

Costa comes off of an impressive victory over Yoel Romero, a bout in which both men put on a tremendous back-and-forth war. However, it was the young Brazilian who took home the decision victory when it was all said and done. Now, UFC President Dana White is flying Costa out to Melbourne to watch the UFC 244 main event, and Costa tells BJPenn.com he has been promised the next title opportunity.

“Yes, I am going to Melbourne. Dana White is sending me there and said I get the next title shot. I fight the winner of Whittaker-Adesanya,” Costa said.

In regards to who he’d prefer to fight between Whittaker and Adesanya, Costa believes he could beat them both. However, he does have some personal issues with the Nigerian champion, who he calls a “skinny clown.”

“I can beat both. I think Adesanya is a fake champion. He hasn’t fought anyone tough, he is a skinny clown. I have a personal problem with him,” Costa said. “If he beats Whittaker, which I don’t think, I’m going to kill him.

“He doesn’t stand a chance against me. As for Whittaker, he is good, tough guy. He is not as strong as Yoel, so I can take him. He is like Yoel with less power, so I can beat both of them. I really want Adesanya, though.”

Barring any medical concerns, Costa eyes an early 2020 showdown with the winner, preferably in January.

“I want to fight in January against whoever wins in October. UFC is the boss, so they will decide when it will happen. I want that fight in January,” Costa said. 

What do you think about Costa getting the next shot at the winner of Whittaker and Adesanya?

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Gaethje On McGregor: ‘I Want To F*ck Him Up’ For Punching ‘Old Man’

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Pereira believes he won two rounds, considers move to 185

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Michel Pereira addresses his loss to Tristan Connelly at UFC Vancouver, talks future in the Octagon. Flashy welterweight Michel Pereira did not get his way in Vancouver, Canada. Paired up against short notice …

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Michel Pereira addresses his loss to Tristan Connelly at UFC Vancouver, talks future in the Octagon.

Flashy welterweight Michel Pereira did not get his way in Vancouver, Canada. Paired up against short notice replacement and natural lightweight Tristan Connelly, the Brazilian failed to repeat the same feat he did in his Octagon debut, when he managed to knock Danny Roberts out quickly in the first round.

However, dropping an unanimous decision due to what Pereira claims to be a problematic weight cut, in which he missed the welterweight mark by one pound and had to give 20% of his purse to Connelly, the 25-year-old tells Ag Fight he believes he did enough to win the first two rounds and warrant a win, but feels like his opponent’s was accounted for when the judges scored the fight.

“In my opinion, I won two rounds, the first two. I was doing well and felt good in those rounds. I started to tire in the middle of the second round, but I believe I won the first and the second. In the third, my body was shutting down, I was too tired. It’s like they told me, though. The guy (Connelly) is Canadian, I’m fighting in his turf, so the decision is a little biased towards him.”

During fight week and ever since his UFC debut, Pereira has been telling the media how he intends to be a showman in the Octagon and stated that he wants to be Anderson Silva’s succesor when it comes to being an entertainment in MMA.

Although his wild techniques did not score him a win in Canada, Michel says he does not intend to change. He claims he can’t change his essence and that things could have been different against Connelly if not for a faulty weight cut.

“A lot of things happened this week, it was really tough. I was cutting weight by myself. My body didn’t respond like it usually does. When I’m fighting, my pace usually goes up. In this fight, it started going down in the second round. I was very tired, I couldn’t do anything and was just surviving. But I did what I wanted to, I put on a show and showed my arsenal. Many people think it’s a joke, but it’s my style. It’s how I fight, it’s not a joke. What I think is a joke is when a guy taunts the other by asking them to hit them in the face, showing their tongue to the opponent, that stuff. I don’t do that.”

A big welterweight, Pereira does consider a move to the middleweight division in the future, which could be as near as his next bout. In order not to suffer with two consecutive straining weight cuts, Michel believes he could be back in the Octagon as soon as November, but not as a welterweight.

“I might fight at middleweight for my next fight so I can recover. About my style, if you like it, thank you, all I can do is be thankful. For those who didn’t like it, oh well. Just understand that it isn’t a joke, it’s my style. Like Anderson Silva has his style or Anthony Pettis has his style. I think I’ll be back in November, maybe at a heavier division so my body can recover and I hope to put on a show again.”

Before the loss, Pereira (23-10) scored a knockout win over Danny Roberts back in May. That win was the last one in a win streak which started with two other knockout wins, over Won Jun Choi and Dae Sung Kim, respectively, in Road FC.