Michel Pereira scored a third round submission win over Zelim Imadaev at UFC Vegas 9 and was person who was impressed by the performance was UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Usman, after watching Pereira at UFC Vegas 9, calls him “a full, complete fighter.”
“I loved everything that I saw from him because he proved to everybody, our bosses, and myself included, that he can be a full complete fighter,” Usman said on the UFC Vegas 9 post-fight show (via Danny Segura of MMA Junkie). “I mean, everything was spectacular – his awareness, his cage awareness, the way he was moving, the way he was setting up those traps moving side-to-side and then landing those big shots. It was a spectacular performance from him.”
Pereira does hold a 2-2-0 record in the UFC, with those wins coming over the aforementioned Imadaev and Danny Roberts.
The welterweight champion also believes that Pereira will got paired against a big name fighter in the near future.
“I think this is a guy that’s looking to get paired up against someone big in the future, the near future,” Usman said.
There is no word yet on who Pereira will get booked against next, as the win over Imadaev came just under a week ago.