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#15 Welterweight Division



Michel Pereira

Welterweight Division

28-11-0 (W-L-D)


Fight Win Streak


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission

Michel Pereira

athlete record


Learn more about Michel Pereira's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Marabá, Brazil
Trains at
Overcome Academy
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
May. 18, 2019
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2011
  • Ten wins by KO, seven by submission (2 RNC, 2 triangle, arm triangle, guillotine, armbar)
  • Has won eight of his last 10 and five in a row
  • 12 first round finishes
  • Origin of nickname: “I received this nickname from a friend.”
  • Would have won a Fight of the Night bonus for Connelly bout, but missed weight and was ineligible

UFC History
UFC Fight Night
(5/21/22) Pereira won a three round split decision over Santiago Ponzinibbio 
UFC 270 (1/22/22) Pereira won a three round unanimous decision over Andre Fialho
UFC 264 (7/10/21) Pereira won a three round unanimous decision over Niko Price 
UFC Fight Night (12/19/20) Pereira won a three round unanimous decision over Khaos Williams
UFC Fight Night (9/5/20) Pereira submitted Zelim Imadaev via rear naked choke at 4:39 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (2/15/20) Pereira lost via disqualification (illegal knee) against Diego Sanchez at 3:09 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (9/14/19) Pereira lost a three round unanimous decision to Tristan Connelly
UFC Fight Night (5/18/19) Pereira knocked out Danny Roberts at 1:47 of the first round


When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training karate at 12 years old; I always wanted to be a champion.
What ranks and titles have you held? I am a champion in karate, a champion from Parana in wrestling, and a champion of jiu-jitsu. Black belt in BJJ, black belt in karate
Do you have any heroes? Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Conor McGregor
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? The UFC has always been my greatest dream. I have been fighting for this for 13 years and I went through many things to get to the UFC and fulfill my dream. This means a lot because I fought a lot for it, and I know I can be the showman of the UFC. Soon I will be the UFC champion and the showman of the event. I am here to show the fans and the UFC my style of fighting.
What was your job before you started fighting? I sold popsicles and tin cans, I've worked as a mason's assistant, I've worked as a blacksmith, I've worked as a karate teacher, as a zumba teacher, a dance teacher in Japan and I've been a bar man.