Michel Pereira capitalized in a big spot earlier tonight (Sat., Sept. 5, 2020) at UFC Vegas 9 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the flashy welterweight ended Russian prospect Zelim Imadaev via third-round submission (rear-naked choke).
This fight was all Pereira from the opening bell. The Brazilian fighter was certainly more patient than his usual wild self, but his impressive display of violence still came through. From superman punches off the cage to spinning kicks to the body, Pereira was creative and efficient for the entirety of the fight.
Pereira finished his efforts in the third round when he was able to control Imadaev from behind and go in for the rear-naked choke. The referee may have stepped in a little early but Pereira would have just done more damage.
Check out the finish above and the rest of the highlights below, all courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
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