VIDEO: Michel Pereira Lands Insane Illegal Backflip Head Kick at UFC 264

Published 07/10/2021, 9:47 PM EDT


UFC welterweights Michel Pereira and Niko Price delivered on the fan speculation that they would be contenders for ‘Fight of the Night’. ‘Demolidor’ put his flashy skill set on full display into an all-out war for three straight rounds. In turn, Niko Price displayed his granite chin and began to come back stronger in the final round.

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In the second round of the fight, Michel Pereira landed an illegal kick in the most bizarre fashion possible. True to form, Pereira performed a backflip and landed squarely onto Niko Price’s head as he was grounded on the canvas. The blow seemed to disorient Price the moment it landed, and the crowd in attendance became animated.

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The kick from Pereira certainly got everyone’s attention, not just in the arena but also on social media. Chiefly, Pereira has built up a reputation for being a wild man under the bright lights of the octagon. Despite a more measured performance in his last fight, fans knew that Niko Price would bring out the more energetic side of his game.

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Pereira extended his win streak on Saturday night as he did enough to pick up the unanimous decision on the scorecards. Niko Price’s activity in the first round wasn’t up to the mark and his coaches encouraged a higher output.

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As the fight progressed, Price continued to increase his offense load despite getting tagged by Pereira many times. In fact, the Brazilian himself ate a lot of shots in the third round as Niko Price rallied for the finish. Despite the loss, it’s hard to deny that Price isn’t one of the grittiest fighters on the UFC roster.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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