Michel Pereira became must-watch TV in the UFC after he threw a devastating flying knee to get the knockout win over Danny Roberts in May 2019.
Pereira is now on his last fight in his UFC contract and is in an uncomfortable position with an uncertain future.
He will face Zelim Imadaev at UFC Vegas 9 on Saturday.
“This is the last fight of my contract, but I believe Dana White and Sean Shelby will renew my contract,” Pereira said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I’m doing well in the company, even with the losses.
Something happened in every loss I had in the UFC, but I showed the type of athlete I am. I showed who I am, my fighting style, and I believe that’s what they want for the UFC. I believe they will renew my contract.”
Pereira is known for his flashy style and crazy stunts he pulls inside the octagon.
“I’m going for the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, and I’m ready and focused,” he said. “My head is good, my weight is good, so we have everything to put on a great fight on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas.”
“That’s what my bosses Dana White and Sean Shelby want to see, and I’m an employee,” “Demolidor” said. “If that’s what they want me to do, I’ll give them that. I’ve trained hard and gave my all in the gym to be able to get there and give everyone a show.”
“To me, a fight is a fight,” he continued. “Wins and losses are the consequence. Of course that I want to win, that’s not up for debate. But I don’t think only about myself. A fight is not only about myself. I think about my fans, my bosses. I think about everyone. I’m not there just to fight. That’s the right mindset, and that’s something fighters lack today. They just go out there and put on boring fights. They don’t fight for the fans, they don’t put on a show, so it’s boring
Pereira expects his opponent to grapple with him but he is ready for anything after training with farm animals. Pereira mentioned his unique training involves taking down cows and running with horses.
“I believe he’ll try to grapple me and avoid that type of game,” Pereira said. “My coaches did some research on what he’s training and he’s grappling more, but I’m ready for all types of fighting. Wrestling, boxing, muay Thai, I’m ready for everything.”
“I trained at a farm with animals. I worked on taking downs cows and running with horses to bring something new to the octagon.”