WATCH: Michel Pereira Calls Out Jorge Masvidal After Rear Naked Choke Victory at UFC Fight Night

Published 09/05/2020, 10:07 PM EDT


Michel Pereira was on a two-fight losing streak and needed a swift turnaround in the UFC. The Brazilian fighter engaged in a unique training camp with cows and horses and worked to condition himself for war. The decision worked wonders as he put in an emphatic display at UFC Fight Night 176

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The buoyed fighter made a surprising challenge after Joe Martinez read out the official result. He said, “Jorge Masvidal, be ready!”

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Demolidor‘ echoed the sentiment whilst talking to Jon Anik immediately after the fight. He challenged the welterweight contender and current BMF champion who sits in the upper echelons of the division. 

Pereira said, “Dana White, Sean Shelby. I want the BMF belt. Jorge Masvidal be ready. You are next.”

The call-out seems farfetched as Dana White previously indicated that the symbolic belt was a one-off. However, in the last few days, there is a buzz that ‘Gamebred’ will defend his belt against Nate Diaz in a UFC 244 rematch. 

Pereira could compete for the title somewhere down the line, but he isn’t ranked yet and will need a slew of dominant performances to collide with the UFC’s welterweight elite. 

Michel Pereira demolishes Zelim Imadaev

‘Demolidor’ dominated Imadaev throughout the fight. He had a score to settle with his opponent following their bust-up at the UFC Fight Night 176 faceoffs. The Russian fighter shoved Pereira as the duo posed for the cameras and event personnel has to restrain them.

Read: INTENSE: Zelim Imadaev Shoves Michel Pereira in the Face During UFC Vegas 9 Weigh-Ins

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The Brazilian fighter was on course for a decision win. However, he elected to take the fight to the ground and applied a rear-naked choke. Given the one-sided nature of the fight, referee Chris Tognoni ended the contest just seconds later. 

The Russian fighter seemed unhappy with replays suggesting that his annoyance wasn’t for the sake of it. Later, as fans took a second look at the fight-ending sequence, they could make the argument that Imadaev tried to prise his opponent’s hands away. However, it got misinterpreted as a tap. 

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One cannot regard the fight result as daylight robbery as it ended just a few seconds earlier with the dominant fighter claiming the win. 

What do you make of Michel Pereira’s dominance and astonishing call out?

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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