Analysis & Predictions: Thompson vs Pereira 7/29/2023

Analysis & Predictions: Thompson vs Pereira 7/29/2023

July 28, 2023


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Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Michel Pereira will meet for an explosive UFC 291 main card matchup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Wonderboy tends to remain low key inside the Octagon while Pereira welcomes chaos as part of his fight game. Expect something unpredictable when these two MMA warriors collide. This bout has all of the ingredients for an action-packed encounter.


Thompson broke out of a two-fight slump with an impressive fourth round TKO win over Kevin Holland in August. This fight demonstrated his striking prowess as he outlanded Holland 163 to 119 in significant strikes landed. This performance should place Thompson back among the elite of welterweight competition and it will be fascinating to witness him take on wrestler Pereira.


Wonderboy has found great enjoyment preparing for this fight with an opponent whose unpredictable style of offense makes preparation enjoyable, while their grappling might provide him with the chance to make adjustments on the fly.



Michael Pereira is an exciting and unpredictable MMA fighter from Brazil who continues to improve with each fight. Over his last five fights, Pereira boasted an impressive 62% takedown defense rate while stopping 55% of significant strikes from opponents; against someone like Thompson with 64% defense on takedown attempts, Pereira may find more opportunities for victory than expected.


Even without height advantage, Pereira has shown himself capable of standing his ground against Thompson in recent encounters. His last outing saw a split decision victory against Santiago Ponzinibbio; additionally he has an effective submission game and holds his own against Thompson on the mats. Pereira believes he can make waves this weekend in Las Vegas as he showcases all that his abilities bring.


Wonderboy’s fighting style relies on precision and technicality, so his opponent’s unpredictable offensive attacks should serve as a test for his defensive abilities. Grappling should also put Wonderboy back onto his back at times during their encounter – all contributing to an engaging bout that keeps fans guessing until the final bell.


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Stephen Thompson vs Michel Pereira Fight Information


  • Date: 07/29/2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Location: Delta Center.
  • How to Watch Thompson vs Pereira : ESPN+
  • Live Stream: BT


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