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Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira Targeted for UFC 289 on June 10



A welterweight clash pitting Stephen Thompson against Michel Pereira is in the works for UFC 289 on June 10.

The bout was initially reported by MMA Sucka and later confirmed by MMAjunkie.com. Pereira also announced the pairing via Instagram. UFC 289 doesn’t have an official location, but it will reportedly take place in Canada.

A two-time welterweight title challenger, Thompson ended a two-bout skid with an entertaining fourth-round technical knockout victory against Kevin Holland at UFC on ESPN 42 on Dec. 3. Since joining the Las Vegas-based promotion in 2012, “Wonderboy” has earned victories over the likes of Robert Whittaker, Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, Jorge Masvidal, Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal.

Pereira will take a five-bout UFC winning streak into the matchup with Thompson. Most recently, “Demolidor” garnered a split verdict against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 206 in May 2022. The 29-year-old Brazilian is 8-2 during his promotional tenure, though one of those setbacks was a controversial disqualification defeat to Diego Sanchez in Febrary 2020.
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