Michel Pereira reveals the DMs that Jorge Masvidal sent his wife, wants to understand why with fight

Michel Pereira reveals the DMs that Jorge Masvidal sent his wife, wants to understand why with fight

After his victory at UFC Vegas 55 against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Michel Pereira wants to fight Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal. This last game has more personal stakes.

Good humor Pereira loves the Diaz match for the same reasons most fighters want to fight him – and an exciting buildup and a fun night at the office. But the unpredictable striker isn’t feeling so good about an interaction Masvidal had with his wife on social media, and that’s reason enough to include ‘Gamebred’ on the list.

“I really want to fight Nate Diaz, because I think it would be really fun to slap each other,” Pereira told reporters after his split decision on Ponzinibbio. “I think that would be a really fun fight. I think we are going to do a show for all the fans. Or Jorge Masvidal, because I have a little problem with him, and I want to fix it.

“He sent an emoji to my wife, the emoji with both hands together like ‘amen’. He sent it to my wife. He didn’t send it to me. I never really came across it. I didn’t get a chance to ask him, so I thought I really wanted to understand, but might as well understand inside the octagon, set him up there.

Pereira didn’t offer much more context on the situation. Part of his goal at UFC Vegas 55 was to get into the position where his calls would have more effect, and beating Ponzinibbio, once shortlisted for a title with seven straight wins, was a good start.

“First of all, it’s a tough division there,” he said. “The first step for me is to get into the rankings. I was just talking to nobody, and now my word has a little more power. Now I can mess up the division. I think that was the first step and the next is to fight people in the leaderboard.

Ranked No. 8 by the promotion, Masvidal could be in a position where he has less clout to negotiate with his next opponent. A recent arrest for an alleged assault of his former roommate and teammate, Colby Covington, promises to set his fighting career back for the immediate future. But many have also speculated that it could lead to a rematch between the top welterweights, who have each lost twice to current champion Kamaru Usman.

Diaz, meanwhile, is apparently set to leave the promotion. The Stockton, Calif. star has asked for one last UFC booking so he can move on to greener pastures, even as everyone wonders if he’s serious or just negotiating his next deal .

What’s important for Pereira now is getting the kind of matchups he wants after spending so much time on the other side of the table, waiting for his opportunity while others looked for more notable opponents.

“The fight I’m looking for is guys I want to fight against,” Pereira said. “I understand that there is a time and a place to get the money. The money is there. We know we’re going to make money out of this, but can you imagine, myself and Nate Diaz fighting, a whole fight like this, with all of our shenanigans and everything. Money is a consequence of your work, and I’ve always thought about it. I’m going to make money, and I just think it’s time to put on a show for the fans.

If it’s a good night at the office against someone like Diaz, Pereira thinks he’ll do his best. If he can hold someone like Masvidal to account for his behavior, all the better.

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