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UFC 264’s Michel Pereira wants the smoke from Nate Diaz

Michel Pereira — fresh off a victory against Niko Price at UFC 264: “Poirier vs. McGregor 3” — wants to throw hands with Nate Diaz.

Michel Pereira wants to pair his fan-friendly style with a bonafide fan-favorite, Nate Diaz,

Pereira (26-11) improved his active Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) win streak to three with a unanimous decision victory over Niko Price at UFC 264: “Poirier vs. McGregor 3,” which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past weekend (Sat., July 10, 2021).

“I’ve been trying to put on shows, to be different. I feel MMA has lost a little bit of this. But with my style, I won’t let it happen,” Pereira told media at the UFC 264 post-fight press conference (h/t MMA Junkie). “I came up with a few things. Niko has surprised me with a few things. I said in all my interviews he would be ready because he knows I’m very focused and hard-working. So he came well prepared. I was well prepared and I managed to come out with the win.

“Now I want to fight Nate Diaz,” he continued. “I want to get into the rankings. I need to get into the rankings to fight the best guys in my division. Some guys are not willing to fight me because I’m not ranked, so now I want to get ranked in order to fight them.”

Diaz (20-13) nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a five-round fight with No. 3-ranked Welterweight contender Leon Edwards at UFC 263 last month. Ultimately, however, Diaz lost via unanimous decision.

For complete UFC 264: “McGregor vs. Poirier 3” results and play-by-play, click HERE.

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