Michel Pereira will be using element in a positive-fireplace matchup with fellow welterweight striker Khaos Williams this evening (Sat., Dec. 19, 2020) at UFC Vegas 17 live on ESPN+ from within UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the Brazilian just about locked down a fight with former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.
Pereira, who is coming off a memorable submission finish over Zelim Imadaev this earlier September, was hoping to land a more substantial identify in his last Octagon physical appearance of 2020. “Demolidor” is just 2-2 because making his UFC debut back in 2019, but Pereira has demonstrated the likely to be one of the most interesting fighters on the complete roster.
That’s likely why the 27-calendar year-old welterweight aimed significant for his future struggle by calling out Pettis and previous UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Unfortunately, neither fighter acknowledged the supply and Pereira was left to acquire on Williams, who has gained his very first two UFC fights in a merged 57 seconds.
“I requested to combat Anthony [Pettis] and Robbie Lawler. They got supplied that struggle and they did not take it,” Pereira instructed reporters all through UFC Vegas 17’s virtual media working day.
Pettis and Lawler are genuine vets of the match and rarely switch down delivers to struggle, particularly in opposition to an entertaining striker like Pereira. When questioned why the two previous UFC champions did not acknowledge the supply to fight Pereira discovered it was just one of two motives.
“It was both worry or it’s since I’m not rated,” reported Pereira. “He [Pettis] claimed he experienced a again harm and that is why he would not facial area me. Now he’s combating the exact day that I am so I thought it was bizarre. It is both since I’m not rated or he fears me.”
Pettis, who has not fought due to the fact a choice earn about Donald Cerrone this past Might, will also be in motion at UFC Vegas 17 as he headlines the “Prelims” card versus Alex Morono. It’s mysterious at this time why “Showtime” would have picked out Morono more than Pereira for this weekend’s card, but probably it is mainly because Morono has 11 UFC fights less than his belt and has gained 3 out of his last four.
In any situation, Pereira and Pettis will both of those have their chances to impress in fashion-friendly matchups this weekend in Vegas. If both equally welterweights are in a position to win in memorable trend it’s possible UFC is in a position to piece the matchup with each other for early 2021.
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