Michel Pereira explains why he ‘wasn’t so joyful’ to bag Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Strive in opposition to Evening 206

LAS VEGAS – Michel Pereira admits he had mixed feelings when the UFC offered him a matchup with Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Pereira (26-11 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is aware of the upside in getting a matchup with Ponzinibbio (28-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who has spent the bulk of the past six years in the welterweight rankings and is a longtime resolve in the division. But that was as soon as about the finest obvious he noticed going into Saturday’s UFC Strive in opposition to Evening 206 co-main match conflict, which takes space at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.

“I used to be as soon as joyful (to bag the provide) on legend of he’s a pleasing fighter,” Pereira told MMA Junkie and various reporters thru an interpreter all over Wednesday’s UFC Strive in opposition to Evening 206 media day. “I wasn’t so joyful on legend of he’s an Argentinian, and that’s extra indulge in a Brazilian, and I don’t resolve to combat Brazilians. But it’s the combat game, and we’re here to combat.”

Pereira acknowledged he holds Ponzinibbio in excessive regard and expects that respect to shine thru till they step in the octagon.

Once the cage door closes, though, it’s all commercial. Pereira is at display camouflage driving a four-combat a success budge, and he is aware of here’s his chance to spoil into the upper echelon of the division.

Due to of that, Pereira acknowledged he’ll be searching to stop one thing emphatic when he’s standing opposite Ponzinibbio.

“I don’t mediate this combat’s going to trot the three rounds,” Pereira acknowledged. “I mediate I’m going to knock him out or post him. I wish to bag into the rankings, and I’m going to stop it sooner than the three rounds are over.”

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