Video: UFC Fighter Takes Revenge After Disrespectful Will Smith-Style Slap by Opponent

Published 04/17/2022, 12:24 PM EDT

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or really fast in the UFC octagon in Michel Pereira’s case. Zelim Imadaev might have crossed the line in Pereira’s mind when he slightly slapped him on the face during the weigh-ins. Pereira was offended by it and let it all out in the octagon.

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UFC Fight Night 176 was a great performance by Michel Pereira. A thorough entertainer, Michel Pereira is known for his flashy moves in the octagon, giving the fans a lot more than what they expect from him. With explosive punches and acrobatic moves, Pereira bested Imadaev in the octagon for 3 rounds and finally submitted him.

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Set to face Santiago Ponzinibbio in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 206, we can’t wait for Pereira to turn the heat up on entertainment like he usually does.

UFC fighters serving a slice of revenge in the octagon

Revenge moments in the UFC octagon are not uncommon. Although fighters try to keep it straight to business, in an attempt to sell the fight better, the fighter makes their affair a personal one.

One of the most significant counts of revenge being served in the octagon was during the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor fights during UFC 229. Lauded as the most anticipated and highest-selling fight, it was an understatement to say that these two fighters hated each other.

LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Referee Herb Dean separates Conor McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Conor McGregor, who made many comments regarding Nurmagomedov’s culture and personal life, affected the Dagestani. However, the disparity in skill and work led to the Russian dominating the Irishman and submitting him later in the fight.

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Another instance was when Conor McGregor moved to lightweight to fight, then-champion Eddie Alvarez. The two of them clearly had their own personal disputes, fueled by a desire to sell the fight really well. After all the trash talk back and forth, some targeted well at Conor McGregor, but the Irishman tasted victory. This made him the very first double champion in the UFC to hold titles simultaneously.

What’s next for Michel Pereira?

Michel Pereira might be as entertaining as they can get. But one thing that can’t be left out is that he’s climbing the ladder steadily. Flashy and entertaining might be the recipe for selling fights, but sheer skills can never be ruled out.

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The Brazilian is set to face Santiago Ponzinibbio next. This marks another important fight for him to move up the welterweight ladder. Will he be able to last with the tougher fighters? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Raj

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Rohit Raj is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. As a Business student, Rohit’s love for the UFC was double-sided with the business of it being just as intriguing as the martial arts aspect of it. “Don't just fight, perform” is a quote that he believes drives the most entertaining fights of the UFC, with the likes of Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen, and Israel Adesanya sweeping him off his feet with their skill as well as swagger and trash talk capabilities.

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