The 38 year-old American veteran Sanchez suffered a second straight loss (and a fourth in six fights) when beaten by Michael Chiesa by unanimous decision in July last year.
Sanchez is a pressure fighter, with a great cardio who is a capable striker and excellent grappler. However, he is increasingly vulnerable as he gets older and has been knocked out in four of his last seven fights and takes 3.07 strikes per minute.
The key for Sanchez is to try and get this fight to the mat. Pereira can wrestle, but Sanchez has never been submitted in his career.
Pereira is certainly an unorthodox fighter and was displaying back-flips and fence jumps in the first round of his last bout, only to fail to finish his Canadian opponent and then tiring. He has hopefully learned a lesson there and will be far more focused on this occasion.
He does possess plenty of punching power though and that is a major threat to someone with Sanchez’s recent record.
Diego Sanchez vs Michel Pereira Betting Lines & Predictions
With a 12 year age gap and striking power on Pereira’s side, he has to be the tip in UFC Fight Night predictions to win this fight.