Michel Pereira explained why he will not fight Roman Dolidze at UFC Louisville

Michelle Pereira will not fight Roman Dolidze at the UFC Louisville tournament after all.

Pereira took to Instagram to reveal that he had agreed to compete in the June 8 tournament in Kentucky, but turned down the offer when the company said his opponent would be Dolidze. Both middleweights train at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

“I didn't agree to this fight,” Pereira said in Portuguese on Friday. “This man trains with me every day at PI, at Xtreme Couture. He agreed to it, but I didn't. Now is not the time for me to fight him. If he agreed to it, that's his problem. To be honest, I was surprised that he agreed to this. For me, in my head, he is a training partner, a friend. I see no.

Pereira said he knows he'll eventually have to meet with his UFC training partners, but he's not ready to find a new gym to prepare for the fight, which is scheduled to take place in less than a month.

“I’ll have to find another gym and organize everything for the fight with him,” Pereira said. “That's why I didn't accept it. He trained at Xtreme, and since I'm new there, I would have to go train somewhere else. I don't even know where I'll train. That’s too many logistics to fight in a month.”

Pereira has won twice in two months in the UFC, defeating Michal Alekseichuk and Igor Potieria in bonus appearances to extend his winning streak to eight. Dolise lost his last two fights to Marvin Vettori and Nasurdin Imavov.

“I’ll take him off the (list) of people I wouldn’t fight and add him to the (list) of people I would fight,” Pereira said. “I am organizing myself to fight him. When they offered me the fight (at UFC Louisville), they didn't name the opponent. It was a shame when they said “rival” and I said “no.”

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