Michel Pereira does a backflip into full mount in the second round of his decision win.
Expected to deliver a memorable battle in the Octagon, 170-pound action heroes Michel Pereira and Niko Price did just that, with Brazil’s Pereira holding off a late charge from Price to win a close, but unanimous, decision.
Scores were 29-28 across the board for Pereira, now 26-11, 2 NC. Price falls to 14-5, 2 NC.
Outside of some decent clinch work by Price early in the opening round, the first frame belonged to Pereira, whose speed and variety on the feet was clearly giving the Floridian issues
A minute into the second round, with Price on the canvas, Pereira flipped into the mount position, and he immediately looked to lock up an arm. When his submission attempt came up empty, he began firing off strikes, forcing Price to give up his back. Price fought his way back to his feet and then nearly secured a leg lock as the two went back to the mat, and while that didn’t happen, Price was able to get back to his feet, where he pressured the Brazilian, who appeared to be tiring rapidly.
The welterweights kicked off the third with a heated exchange that ended with a clinch by Price against the fence. An inadvertent low kick by Pereira brought a momentary halt to the bout, and when the action resumed, Price began opening up even more, but Pereira was still firing back enough to keep his foe honest, leaving the crowd screaming for more as the bout ended.