was first to report the new welterweight booking. Pereira was
initially slated to meet Sergey
Khandozhko, but visa issues forced the Russian to withdraw from
the bout. UFC Fight Night 158 takes place at Rogers Arena in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Saturday and is headlined
by a lightweight clash between Donald
Cerrone and Justin
Gaethje. The card will air in its entirety on ESPN+.
Known for his highlight-reel knockouts and flamboyant attacks,
Pereira had a successful Octagon debut, as he knocked out Danny
Roberts with a flying knee and punch at UFC Fight Night 152 on
May 18. The 25-year-old known as “Demolidor” owns a 22-9 career
mark with two no contests and has finished 15 of his victories
inside the distance.
Canada’s Connelly has compiled a 13-6 record while competing on the
regional circuit. “Boondock” is currently on a four-bout winning
streak in which he has finished all of his opponents.