UFC Vegas 9 weigh-ins got a little heated earlier today. A major story leading into this weekend was the beef between Michel Pereira and Zelim Imadaev.
Both men are scheduled for a welterweight bout Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
When both men met, their emotions got the best of them. During the weigh-ins, Michel stared Zemlin down and the unthinkable happened.
Zemlin Imadaev straight-up slapped welterweight wild boy Michel Pereira.
The altercation was brief and probably could have been avoided.
Take a look at the video below.
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UFC President Dana White admitted he’s getting older and would usually break up a scuffle.
Fortunately, the altercation did not escalate further and Pereira did not make an effort to retaliate.
“I’m getting old guys, that was a quick one, that was on me,” White said after the weigh-ins. “They started getting aggressive, going toward each other but I didn’t think it would escalate to that, that quickly. I blew it. This is the fight game man, that one’s on me. I apologize, I shouldn’t have let that happen.”
Pereira will now get a chance to exact his revenge tomorrow. He faces extra pressure after suffering two losses in a row.
Pereira has become must-watch tv and is known for his flashy style, combining acrobatic moves such as somersaults and backflips to flying knees and punches.