Michel Pereira is now a full-time middleweight fighter after experiencing a difficult weight cut in his last bout at welterweight. Pereira came in three pounds over the welterweight limit for his scheduled fight against Stephen Thompson in July. This weight cut was particularly challenging, and Pereira shared details about the ordeal.
According to Pereira, his weight had increased significantly during the period leading up to the Thompson fight because he had experienced numerous fight postponements or cancellations. He explained that he gained mass and strength during the long stretch without having to cut weight. When fight week for UFC 291 began, Pereira found it extremely difficult to shed the extra weight as he usually did.
During the weight cut for the Thompson fight, Pereira said that his weight did not drop as expected. His usual weight-cutting methods were not as effective. He even resorted to spending four hours in a sauna and lost only one pound during sleep, whereas he typically lost nearly three pounds. He described this experience as suffering and said that it was challenging.
Pereira’s weight-cutting process in Salt Lake City for the Thompson fight was so difficult that he feared for his life. His team had to call the UFC medical staff for assistance. Despite these extreme challenges, Pereira expressed his willingness to make weight and continue with the fight. He was even prepared to give up a portion of his purse or accept a fine to compensate Thompson for the weight difference. However, Thompson chose not to proceed with the fight.
Pereira and Thompson share the same agent, and the Brazilian fighter believes that “Wonderboy” was made aware of the situation but still chose not to take the fight. Pereira acknowledged that fighters face unexpected situations, and he respected Thompson’s decision not to accept the fight, even though he felt it was a bit of an overreaction.