UFC: Michel Pereira vs. Zelim Imadaev Headed to September 5 Card

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Michel Pereira, UFC Vancouver Ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

The flashy, unique talent that is Brazil’s Michel Pereira will return to action this September. First reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Pereira has been lined up with Zelim Imadaev on September 5.

Pereira (23-11, 2NC) has found mixed success since landing in the UFC off the back off a viral in-cage moonsault during a fight for South Korean promotion ROAD FC. The 27-year old known as “Demolidor” entered the UFC in May 2019 with a flying knee knockout of Danny Roberts.

His high-flying, explosive, and frankly exhausting style didn’t work as well at last year’s UFC Vancouver card, where he wound up being beat in a decision against Tristan Connelly. He was faring better against Diego Sanchez at UFC Rio Rancho earlier this year, but landed an illegal knee, resulting in a DQ loss.

He’ll look to turn things around against Imadeav (8-2), who has lost both his octagon outings thus far. The Russian fell to Max “Pain” Griffin in his promotional debut, then dropped (more accurately, was dropped) a fight to Danny Roberts, ending up finished in the second round.

The UFC’s September 5 card does not have an official location or event name announced. However, it is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai.