The preliminary part of the UFC 264 event offers a potential fight of the evening. Michel Pereira and Niko Price on paper guarantee a great and exciting match. "Demolidor" is an increasingly popular fighter, and his UFC career has gained momentum with two wins in a row.
His run would probably have been better had he not been disqualified for an illegal knee kick in the fight against Diego Sanchez. Rafael Alejarra is a fitness trainer for MMA, and in an interview for MMA Fighting, he emphasized that Michel Pereira is much more than an attraction.
'' He's not just an attraction, he's destined to be a UFC champion. His fight against Khaos Williams is real proof. He did a serious fight, without relaxing and ‘showboating’." "We thought Williams would be waiting for a chance for one killer kick and so Michel fought differently and more seriously.
I think Pereira knows how to approach a certain opponent, '' Alejarra said. "Demolidor" is now facing a difficult exam. Niko Price is a dangerous fighter, but he recorded his last victory in 2019 against James Vick.
This was followed by a knockout defeat in the fight against Vicente Luque and a draw against Donald Cerrone, which was later changed to "No contest" due to Price's positive test at THC.
Price and Pereira are known for their spectacular moves and unconventional fighting style.
However, if Pereira approaches dangerous knockouts in a more serious way, it is possible that the fight against Price will not fully live up to expectations. A win in this fight would be the third in a row for "Demolidor" and after that, he would probably get a chance against a ranked opponent.
Rafael Alejarra believes it is only a matter of time before Pereira reaches the very top. '' Pereira is versatile. He knows when he can do some things and when he can't. He is a serious candidate for the title. We are on our way to that.
I hope that his next fight after this one will be against the Top 15 opponents, and after that against opponents from the very top. Michel is ready to test himself against any fighter. " He touched on Alejarra and the approach by which Pereira would enter the fight against Price.
'' We respect him (Price) and we know he's trying to advance in the organization. We have to be careful against him, but I can’t tell you how Pereira will approach that fight. " "Michel will be inside and will feel how to approach.
We know this is a good fight for him, but I’m not trying to belittle Niko Price. On the contrary, he is a great athlete and I believe that their fight will probably be the fight of the evening. "