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Michel Pereira made a perfect debut by knocking out Danny Roberts at UFC Fight Night 152, and he is more than happy to welcome the submission specialist, Tristan Connelly (13-6-0) in his UFC debut. The fight was originally set as a Welterweight bout but will take place at Catchweight (172lbs).
Check out the live play-by-play action below:
Rd 1 – Both fighters are measuring their range as Pereira starts throwing all sorts of wild stuff! He just misses with the flying knee! However, Connelly remains calm and continues with the pressure. He dives for a single leg but fails to complete the takedown. Pereira separates but eats an elbow. Pereira explodes and lands a big flying knee! He follows with the big body shot and hurts Connelly! Pereira is constantly throwing wild punches and kicks! Now, he shoots for a takedown and gets it! However, he backs off but quickly finishes on his back! Connelly is in the guard position. Pereira scrambles but Connelly is demonstrating strong top control. He gets the mount but Pereira manages to get up! Nice right hand lands for Pereira! However, Connelly returns the fire and shoots for the submission in the last seconds!
Rd 2 – Connelly comes out swinging. He partially lands a head kick but eats a hard right hand! Pereira is loading on the punches as Connelly responds with the takedown attempt. Pereira defends. He is landing nice body shots but leaves himself open for the counters. Connelly is constantly in his face and landing shots! He hurts Pereira! However, Pereira backs off with a big knee! Both fighters are throwing volume! Pereira is tired! Connelly is looking like a fresher fighter. Pereira doves for a takedown and gets it! Connelly is working from his back. He attacks the kimura! Pereira escapes the danger and back working with the short punches. Pereira is fighting a smart fight now.
Rd 3 – Connelly establishes the pressure and starts walking Pereira down. He shoots for a takedown but finishes with his back against the fence. Connelly drops for a guillotine choke! It’s tight! Pereira escapes! They are back on their feet. Pereira is clearly tired as Connelly continues to walk him down and land stiff jabs. Now Pereira shoots for a takedown and Connelly finishes on top! He is all over Pereira! Pereira is surviving on the bottom, he is looking desperate. On the other hand, Connelly is grinding his way towards the perfect UFC debut. Pereira doesn’t have anything to offer from the bottom. Connelly is constantly landing hard punches! Big shots are landing for Connelly in the last seconds!