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‘Wow, Ngannou is coming’ – ‘Drunk’ welterweight Michel Pereira reveals altercation with Francis Ngannou at hotel


Following his big win over Santiago Ponzinibbio, Michel Pereira nearly got into trouble with Francis Ngannou during the celebrations.

Pereira picked up a split decision victory in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night last Saturday to extend his winning streak to five in a row and he decided to have a drink with his team.

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Pereira picked up a victory over Ponzinibbio at UFC 55 and then took aim at Nate Diaz – not Ngannou!

However, the 28-year-old explained that being too loud around the UFC heavyweight champion is not a good idea.

“We celebrated my victory at the hotel, we had fun,” Pereira began to Canal Encarada (via Ngannou_MMA) And we are such guys – we only move with music, we constantly light up, even when we reduce the weight. I still rock, and my guys are the same.

“Constantly moving noisily, throwing parties. Guerra was drinking there all the time, everyone was joking, joking. And our room was next to Ngannou.

“And since the room was small and there were a lot of people, someone suggested, ‘Shall we sit in the hallway?’ And we sat in the hallway, and immediately walked out – who would you think? Ngannou. The guys look at each other like, ‘Wow, Ngannou is coming.’

‘Wow, Ngannou is coming’ – ‘Drunk’ welterweight Michel Pereira reveals altercation with Francis Ngannou at hotel

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Ngannou is arguably the scariest fighter in the world today

“He comes up and says, ‘Hey, do you think it’s real to fall asleep when there’s such a noise? How do I sleep, huh? Honestly, at that time, I felt bad at I was after a hard fight, my nose was broken, my legs were beaten.

“If Ngannou started a fight, what would I do to him? The team is already drunk, they wouldn’t have helped me in any way.


Ngannou is not only the UFC heavyweight champion, but he is also the proud owner of the hardest recorded punch in the world. A punch from the Cameroonian is equivalent to being hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can go.

Naturally, Pereira didn’t want to be hit by a car, so he and his team acquiesced to The Predator’s wishes.

Still, Pereira isn’t happy with the way the altercation went.

“Honestly, Ngannou made me angry,” Pereira explained. “Why couldn’t he address us politely?” He was lucky that I was beaten and couldn’t do anything, especially for a guy that size. I don’t even want to think about it. I know he’s a modest and nice guy, but why couldn’t he politely say to us, “Hey, guys, could you…” I didn’t like the way he told us speak. You must be polite to people.

‘Wow, Ngannou is coming’ – ‘Drunk’ welterweight Michel Pereira reveals altercation with Francis Ngannou at hotel

Ngannou weighs about 90 pounds more than Pereira

“If he had addressed us politely, we would have kept respect for him forever. And so – we just kept quiet. ‘What the fuck?! Do you think you can fall asleep with such noise? Brother, we was just drinking… You have to be polite to people. I could have answered him too, ‘Bro, go f—k. Who are you anyway?'”

Ngannou had knee surgery a few months ago and is expected to be out of action for the rest of 2022.

His contract expires with the UFC on January 1, 2023 and he is expected to fight WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury in an exhibition contest once he becomes a free agent.



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