UFC Vegas 9: Michel Pereira justifies why he slapped Zelim Imadaev before submission win

After his dominant submission win against Imadaev, Pereira explains why he slapped his opponent before ending the fight at UFC Vegas 9

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Michel Pereira (yellow trunks) slaps Zelim Imadaev at UFC Vegas 9

Michel Pereira pulled off a number of crazy moves in his epic win against Zelim Imadaev. Even blew his doomed rival a kiss and slamming a couple of slaps before a submission win at UFC Vegas 9.  

Michel Pereira vs Zelim Imadaev at UFC Vegas 9

A clip of Pereira blowing a kiss to Imadaev inside the octagon has gone viral, with the Brazilian star following that up with a slap across his face. 

And he even channelled his inner Brock Lesnar as he pulled off a suplex, before submitting Imadaev in the third round with a rear-naked choke. 

In his post-fight comments Pereira explained why he used so many open palmed strikes on Imadaev. They were eventual pay back for what happened during the face-offs, where Imadaev threw a slap, that half-landed at Pereira. 

Although some fanatics definitely suggest that Imadaev did not tap out. But having said that, it would change nothiing. Pereira secured a $50,000 bonus check for his wild and entertaining performance. Next up, despite being just 2-2 in the promotion, Pereira said he wants to fight Jorge Masvidal for a shot at the BMF belt. 

Talking about the same to MMA Fighting Pereira stated, “I’m a man – you cannot slap my face. I showed my hand, I kissed my hand and I slapped him so he can learn he’s not going to do it again,” he continued. “He cannot do that.” 

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