Michel Pereira responds to criticism, vows to prove he can go three full rounds with same approach

Michel Pereira has received a lot of heat following his loss to newcomer Tristan Connelly.

Pereira lost a unanimous decision to Connelly at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver in a fight in which he appeared to run out of gas.

Pereira (23-10 MMA, 1-1 UFC) showed off his acrobatics before the fight even started, and proceeded to throw wild attacks, backflips and flying knees right off the bat. He wasn’t able to land anything effective early, and started to slow down as the rounds winded down.

The gritty Connelly was able to withstand the early barrage, and controlled the rest of the fight with his grappling, wearing down Pereira. Originally a lightweight, Connelly took the fight on only five days’ notice. Pereira missed the welterweight limit by one pound.

Pereira, who was the biggest favorite on the card in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was showered with criticism following his loss to Connelly and he took to Instagram to respond to the critics. He insists that he got tired because his body shut down due to a tough weight cut, not because of his wild and acrobatic antics in the fight.

He vows to show that he can indeed go the full 15 minutes with his same entertaining style.

“Guys, a lot of bad things happened, I got tired, it was not because of the things I did, but because of the heavy weight. I cut 17.5 kgs alone, with no one helping me, and dealing with the stress of my cornerman’s visa who wasn’t there. Everyone else had someone to help and me with no one, no excuse, but I am a fighter who grows as the rounds are going and so I used a lot to reach the weight and my body shut down at the beginning of the second ROUND! I fight for you to give a show, let’s encourage more and criticize less, I already fight like this to have more fun at UFC, today’s fighters only think about winning the fight and making boring fights and that’s why MMA is falling a lot! I just want to make all my fans happy to watch a fight of mine, but this time things happened that led to my defeat! I lost to myself! Personal gratitude. I AM BACK AND I WILL BE BETTER STILL! And you will see that I have gas to fight the 3 ROUNDS no problem!”

“Demolidor” took the MMA world by storm in his UFC debut when he took out Danny Roberts in the first round at UFC on ESPN+ 10. While his second fight in the UFC didn’t go as planned, Pereira is eager to bounce back while delivering more show-stopping performances.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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The defeated

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Just want to say thanks to everyone The #UFC all friends, family, ongoing supporters, teammates, everyone at maximum training center, everyone at Michigan top team, all the people who have helped me. The people who have been there for me. Thank you all. We as a team and as a person myself didn’t get the result we wanted. I’m sorry to everyone, sorry to my team and to myself. I know I’ll be back. I always come back better,stronger and smarter. I’m going to take this time to reflect everything and get the proper help and everything that i need to get done for me to compete at the highest level. Kudos to my opponent Austin. Also hoping for a speedy recovery for Austin and hope to do the dance again one day.

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Just another day…world keeps spinning.

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#hespect

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@dc_mma

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Walk Tall my son!!

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The victorious

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Last night UFC Vancouver was good to me and my team! Thank you @ufc for the fight and to my opponent for being a professional. I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and continue improving! Looking to fight again before the end of the year! 👊🏼 MAHALOS to ALL OF YOU for the Aloha from Kapolei to Irvine to Vancouver! 🤙🏼🌊 – Shoutout to my sponsors who supported me through this camp! @colinoyama @budomatt @teamoyamairvine @iridiumsports @jacobparga @ocfightdocs @sal_triolo @fernando_serratos @missmaryjanecbd @sunshinesugarcookieco @10porange @fightcampconditioning @coreybeasley @gfuelenergy @defensesoap @defendhawaii @virusintl u @skvi_official @asics @compexusa @beastcoastunlimited @lacenloop @citizenwaterco @trifectasystem @gardenoflife – #mma #ufc #mmanews #fightnight #hawaiistandup #thankful

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Chicken Dinner! #ufcvancouver #ESPN

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Team or family? Who knows…who cares!!! #support

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What an experience! I had to dig deep in this fight, I knew what was on the line going into the third round and I had to go get it. I have to thank my coaches and team at Fortis MMA for that extra push. The grind we put in together day in and day is what won the fight. As those of you who really know me can probably imagine, I am not satisfied with this outcome. However, I learned a lot about myself, got some solid octagon time in and most importantly, came out with the W against an undefeated top prospect in his back yard on the biggest stage in the world. I am enjoying some time with family but I can’t wait to get back to work and back in the octagon… I am hungrier than ever to show what I am truly capable of. I thank god for my health, these opportunities, and all the people I have supporting me. All the comments and messages mean more than y’all know. Another W secured so it’s on to the next one. We are just getting started! #10-0 #UFCVancouver #chapo

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Respect.

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I want to give a special thanks to #fortismma @sayifsaud took me under his wing guiding me through this camp pushed me to the brink. Brought me to hell and showed me the way out you have not only inspired me to be a better martial artist/person but you became I father figure. @mfscaccia broke the barrier of what strength and conditioning should be you’re fine tuning made me feel Like a @mclaren speed,power, efficiency. @superman_spann since day one has been my training partner never complained unless I’m beating him in @tekken lol I see a younger version of myself in you.. a humble young killer thank you @travismanndc for making sure I always feel my best. @melvintann27 For always teaching me new ways to redefined my body and for putting me back together @coachclaytonhires The man the myth the legend the father that I always wanted and the best friend I’m glad to have And the rest of the team thank you for the warm welcome 🙏🏿 .. and the savage ass whopping. Every chapter in your life requires a different version I’m coming for that strap it’s only a matter of time.

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#violent-1 @violent__1

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After split call over Arlosvki, Augusto Sakai was itching for fast KO at UFC Vancouver


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Augusto Sakai beat Marcin Tybura with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Take a look inside the fight with Sakai, who won for the fifth straight time.

Result: Augusto Sakai def. Marcin Tybura via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:59
Updated records: Sakai (14-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Tybura (17-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC)
Key stat: Sakai had his fastest win in the UFC.

Sakai on the fight’s key moment

“I knew I could knock him out. It was a result of hard training with my coaches. I knew this would happen.”

Sakai on getting a long-awaited knockout

“I wanted to show off my power in the last fight, but I couldn’t manage my distance. But I got it done today. ”

Sakai on what he wants next

“I’m ready for whoever. We’ll see who the UFC wants to put me against. Step by step, I’ll get there.”

To hear more from Sakai, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

Miles Johns says Contender Series got him ready for UFC Vancouver win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Miles Johns beat Cole Smith with a split decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Take a look inside the fight with Johns, a former LFA bantamweight champion who won his UFC debut.

Result: Miles Johns def. Cole Smith via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Updated records: Johns (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Smith (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Key stat: Johns had a big 63-26 striking advantage over Smith in the fight.

Johns on the fight’s key moment

“Dana White’s Contender Series prepared me for this. When I walked in, I could hear the boos for me and the cheers for him, so there was a little bit of pressure and I wasn’t really used to that. But the Contender Series definitely prepared me more for that, so I felt ready for anything.”

Johns on fighting in front of Smith’s fans

“It feels amazing to get my first win. I came here into enemy territory against a very good, very tough undefeated opponent. It wasn’t exactly the fight that I wanted, but it was a learning experience. I got the win and am undefeated in the UFC, so that feels great.”

Johns on what he wants next

“There are a lot of tough guys in the (bantamweight) division. I’m just going to go back to the drawing board. That fight definitely was an eye-opener to some things I want to work on.”

To hear more from Johns, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

UFC Vancouver: Chas Skelly snaps skid, credits UFC PI for first win since 2017


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Chas Skelly beat Jordan Griffin with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Take a look inside the fight with Skelly, who snapped a two-fight skid for his first win in more than two and a half years.

Result: Chas Skelly def. Jordan Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Updated records: Skelly (18-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Griffin (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Key stat: Griffin landed two of his three takedown attempts, but couldn’t get the win.

Skelly on the fight’s key moment

“”This is my first time using the UFC PI team for the weight cut and they did a fabulous job. Everything from the meals to even the rehydration was great – those guys did a fantastic job. I felt great.”

Skelly on the importance of a win

“It’s important to me to get back in the win column. I don’t really look at it like I was on a losing streak. I can’t say anything abut the Jason Knight fight. I broke my arm at the end, so it is what it is – no excuses. My last fight, I don’t even really consider a loss. I want to be graceful about it and a good sport, but I know what happened in there. It wasn’t a loss, but I am grateful to be back in the win column. It means everything financially and it takes a little hardship off my family. Everyone supports me through these camps and they’re hard. Taxes taken out here, taxes taken out in the U.S. and you have to pay your camp and everything, so the extra money is everything.”

Skelly on what he wants next

“I’m eager to get back in there. I’m more eager to get back into the gym and get better, to be honest with you. With this camp, I was focused on getting my cardio back and keeping my body healthy. But now that I know my body can take a full camp, it means everything to get back in there and just go.”

To hear more from Skelly, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

After relief of first UFC win in Vancouver, Austin Hubbard wants on D.C. card


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Austin Hubbard beat Kyle Prepolec with a unanimous decision Saturday to open the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Take a look inside the fight with Hubbard, a former LFA lightweight champion who got his first win in the UFC.

Result: Austin Hubbard def. Kyle Prepolec via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Updated records: Hubbard (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Prepolec (12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Key stat: Hubbard outstruck Prepolec 136-46 and had three takedowns.

Hubbard on the fight’s key moment

“He was tough – a lot tougher than I was giving him credit for – and I had to make the adjustments to get the win.”

Hubbard on getting his first UFC win

“It feels great to get that first win (in the UFC). It’s a big stress relief to get that first win and not be 0-2, so I’m definitely happy about that.”

Hubbard on what he wants next

“I definitely want to fight again before the end of the year. I would love to get on the Dec. 7 card in Washington, D.C. I have a teammate fighting on that card. It’s right before my birthday and the holidays, so I can relax during the holidays. Get me on that Dec. 7 card.”

To hear more from Hubbard, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.