Aside from the fear of missing 20 percent of his fight purse, Michel Pereira just received some more incentive to make sure he hits the Welterweight limit this Friday. That’s because Diego Sanchez says if Pereira misses weight, he will go home empty handed, as he will not proceed to face him at UFC Fight Night 167 on Saturday (Feb. 15, 2020) in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
“If he misses weight for this fight, there will be no fight,” Sanchez told MMA Fighting. “I’ll take my show money and say see you later. I’ll fight in another month. Back to Brazil with no money. He will not come to my hometown, he will not come disrespect a 35-fight veteran of the Zuffa banner, by missing weight,” he added.
In his last fight at UFC Fight Night 158 in Sept. 2019, Pereira missed the 171-pound limit by one pound. Despite not hitting his mark during weigh-ins, Pereira didn’t seem too remorseful, doing a back flip off the scale during the ceremonial weigh-ins (see it). The fight against Tristan Connelly went on as planned, and Pereira ultimately lost a unanimous decision.
Connelly, meanwhile, made out like a fat rat, taking home 20 percent of Pereira’s purse, as well as going home with an extra $100,000 bonus money for “Fight of the Night,” $50,000 of which would have gone to Perreira had he made weight.
And while just about every fighter has agreed to taking 20 percent from an opponent after a scale fail, Sanchez won’t budge ... even if he is off just by a little bit.
“I will not accept this even if it’s by one pound. Even if it’s by .2 of a pound. I will not accept this. I’m letting it be known in the media now. So that if it does happen, it has been said. It has been spoken. It is my decision. He will have to learn the hard way that he is a Middleweight and not a Welterweight.”
Should Pereira make weight and the fight go on as planned, Sanchez says it won’t end well for the Brazilian bomber, as he will earn a hard, tough lesson courtesy of one of the most experienced fighters in the game today.
“Come Saturday night, Michel Pereira will have to learn the valuable lesson that he has to learn,” Sanchez explained. “For I have learned my lessons. I have taken the wisdom with me and I have it in my back pocket. I know what I’m doing. I’m on weight. I’m ready to go. No injuries and healthy. Ready to die in that cage if I have to. Truly not fearful of death.
“I know when I step into that Octagon, I’m going to let it go,” he continued. “I’m going to unload the clips. Michel Pereira will not be standing up. He will be on the ground in a pool of blood.”
Sanchez is looking to get back in the win column after having his two-fight skid snapped by Michael Chiesa at UFC 239.