As part of the main card of the UFC Fight Night 167 tournament, Diego Sanchez will fight against Mikel Pereira. Veteran Sanchez has long passed the peak of his fighting career, but still retains some competitiveness. For his rival from Brazil, the upcoming fight will be only the third in the top-ranking promotion tournaments. And our task is to form an expert prediction for the winning bet.
At what time Diego Sanchez vs Michel Pereira fight?
The fight time is February 17, 2020, at 05:00 PM ET.
Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown ESPN+, ESPN, and PPV
How many wins and losses Diego Sanchez have?
Diego Sanchez has 29 wins and 12 loss.
How many wins and losses Michel Pereira have?
Michel Pereira has 23 wins and 10 loss.
The 38-year-old American has been fighting in the UFC since August 2005 and is one of the organization’s most honored fighters. Sanchez peak could be observed in 2009 when he threw the fight of the year against Clay Guida, and then claimed the lightweight champion belt. Diego lost the title fight to BJ Penn by technical knockout (the fight was stopped by the doctor in the fifth round).
Then, in Sanchez’s career, victories alternated with defeats from more technical, young and ambitious opponents. Last year, Diego knocked out Mickey Gall and lost on points to Michael Chiesa. The American wears black belts for jujutsu and BZH, has excellent grappler training and a powerful one-time blow.
The 26-year-old Brazilian Pereira has been among the professionals since 2011, and in the UFC promotion, he had only two fights. The debut match in the organization’s tournament (Fight Night 152) Mikel won a beautiful knockout against Danny Roberts.
And at the September Fight Night 158 tournament, the Brazilian fighter lost by unanimous decision to Tristan Connelly. Pereira’s trump card is a powerful knockout blow. He is also able to work effectively on the ground, but inferior in this aspect to Sanchez.
Diego Sanchez vs Michel Pereira Prediction
According to experts, in this match, Michel Pereira is a small favorite. The Brazilian will try to rehabilitate for losing in an extreme match and will be extremely motivated. Pass veteran Sanchez on points he is quite capable of. Also, do not exclude the possibility of his victory by knockout.
Diego Sanchez’s chances will increase if the fight goes to the ground – where he can catch an opponent for pain or asphyxiation.