LAS VEGAS – Michel Pereira wants Jorge Masvidal next, but it’s not just about getting a high-profile matchup.
The rising UFC welterweight contender called out the BMF champion as well as Nate Diaz following his most recent win inside the octagon. Pereira (28-11 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defeated seasoned veteran Santiago Ponzinibbio in a split decision in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 206. It was his fifth consecutive win inside the UFC, and a Fight of the Night bonus-worthy victory at that.
The Brazilian took aim at two of the biggest stars in the UFC immediately after his win.
“I really want to fight Nate Diaz because I think it’d be really fun to slap each other around,” Pereira told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 206 post-fight press conference. “I think it’d be a really fun fight. I think we’d put on a show for all the fans.
“And also, Jorge Masvidal because I have a little bit of a problem with him, and I want to settle it.”
Pereira’s callout of Masvidal is more personal than the Diaz one. “Demolidor” claims Masvidal slid into his wife’s direct messages on Instagram and that hasn’t sat well with him.
“So he sent an emoji to my wife – the emoji with the two hands together like (praying),” Pereira explained. “He sent it to my wife and didn’t send it to me. And you know, I never actually crossed paths with him, never had the chance to ask him. So I figured, you know, I really want to understand, but might as well understand inside the octagon. So we’ll just settle it over there.”
Masvidal subsequently denied this accusation and took to social media to share the receipts (via Twitter):
How crazy a world and how far has society fallen that this idiot @UfcPereira would use his wife to hopefully 1 day get a paycheck and create a fake narrative to try and get a fight with me when clearly he sees she slid in my dm? Wishing you guys the best #marriagecounselor