UFC welterweight Michel Pereira stated why he slapped rival Zelim Imadaev throughout their fight at UFC on ESPN+ 34.
Pereira defeated Imadaev in a extremely-entertaining welterweight combat that finished late in the third round following a controversial referee stoppage. Pereira had dominated nearly the full initially 14 minutes of the struggle and was cruising to a decision right before trying a rear-bare choke in the closing moment of the fight. Referee Chris Tognoni ended up stopping the fight even nevertheless it didn’t surface Imadaev tapped, although Pereira would have gained irrespective.
But it wasn’t the early stoppage anyone was conversing about after the battle, it was the open up-handed strikes — the slaps — that Pereira landed in the fight. Not given that the Diaz brothers has there been a fighter in the UFC who attempted as quite a few slaps in a single struggle as Pereira did, which obtained lovers on the net buzzing. Speaking to reporters next the occasion, Pereira spelled out why he slapped Imadaev, owing to payback after the Russian slapped the Brazilian in the experience at the formal weigh-ins.
“I don’t know why particularly he did this, but I informed him I would fork out him back, and I did in the battle. I’m a male. You can not slap my deal with,” Pereira claimed (by using MMAFighting.com).
“I showed my hand, I kissed my hand and I slapped him so he can find out he’s not heading to do it yet again. He can not do that.”
At the conclude of 15 minutes, it was Pereira who had the closing chuckle as he dominated Imadaev, winning a $50,000 reward for “Performance of the Night” in the course of action. The acquire enhanced Pereira’s document in the UFC to 2-2 and he could be in line to battle a identify opponent in his subsequent combat, while he isn’t like to get Jorge Masvidal as asked for. As for Imadaev, he is now -3 in the UFC and following upsetting White at the weigh-ins, he could be introduced.
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