The extremely anticipated welterweight conflict between Stephen Thompson and Michel Pereira has been faraway from the UFC 291 major card on Saturday evening after Pereira got here in three kilos over the welterweight restrict.
‘Demolidor’ stepped on the size Friday morning, weighing in at 174lbs, three over the restrict of 171 for a non-title welterweight bout. The UFC launched an official assertion confirming the cancelation of the bout shortly after. “As a consequence of Michel Pereira weighing in over the welterweight restrict, the bout in opposition to Stephen Thompson has been canceled from tomorrow’s occasion.”
The promotion additionally made an announcement forward of Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins, which you’ll see under:
A Heavyweight Bout Will Take the Place of Thomspon vs. Pereira
Consequently, the heavyweight conflict between Derrick Lewis and Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been promoted to the principle card.
That is the second time that Michel Pereira has didn’t make weight, the primary coming in September 2019 at UFC Vancouver. ‘Demolidor’ was one pound chubby and would go on to lose a unanimous choice in opposition to Tristan Connelly.
Saturday’s occasion would have been Stephen Thompson’s first look of 2023. ‘Wonderboy’ solely competed as soon as in 2022, scoring a fourth-round TKO in opposition to Kevin Holland, who’s scheduled to be a part of the festivities in Salt Lake Metropolis this weekend. Previous to that, Thompson suffered back-to-back losses in opposition to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad.
It’s unclear if Thompson vs. Pereira will probably be rescheduled for a future occasion.