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WATCH: Michel Pereira Attempts Bizarre, Ineffective Backflip onto Opponent at UFC 264

by Quentin Blount
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Michel Pereira found himself in the octagon for a fight with Niko Price at UFC 264 on Saturday night. And in doing so, he tried something fans have never seen before — a backflip kick.

As bizarre as that may sound, that’s exactly what occurred on Saturday. With just over four minutes left in the second round of the welterweight bout, Nike Price found himself on his back on the mat. Apparently, for Michel Pereira, that was the perfect time to try a backflip kick and land on top of him. While the strange attempt was ultimately not very effective, it did make contact with Price’s head.

The official Bleacher Report Twitter account posted video footage of the bizarre flip shortly after it took place. Take a look down below for yourself:

“He tried a backflip 😂 #UFC264” Bleacher Report wrote.

It didn’t take long for UFC fans to respond to the crazy video. While many of them were quick to make jokes, others had their own thoughts.

“Boy thought he was on WWE 😂” one fan commented.

“If you’re in a fight and your opponent does a flip on you just go ahead and tap out,” another follower wrote.

“It kinda worked tho, he got full mount and threatened a submission several times,” another Twitter user said.

Pereira came into the fight with Niko Price having won two consecutive fights. He had just picked up a unanimous decision victory against Khaos Williams in his last outing at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal in December 2020. And he was able to make that three in a row on Saturday night with a victory over Niko Price.

Michel Pereira Vs. Niko Price On the Same Card as Conor McGregor Vs. Dustin Poirier

Michel Pereira may have a brand new fan base when he wakes up tomorrow morning. It’s not every day you see a fighter try a backflip and a kick all in one during a professional fight. It likely would have made waves on its own, but the matter of fact is that the crazy incident happened during one of the preliminary fights on the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier card. That in itself means that millions of people just saw it happen.

The preliminary card started airing on ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. EST. The main card, however, is set to begin on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. EST.

The main event, of course, comes at the end, when McGregor and Poirier square off for round 3. McGregor won the first matchup by TKO back in September of 2014. But Poirier returned the favor back in January of this year.

On Saturday night, we will get to see the highly anticipated tiebreaker between the two superstar fighters.