With less than a month remaining, Michel Pereira is left without an opponent for UFC 301, in Rio de Janeiro

Scheduled to face Michel Pereira, Makhmud Muradov had to leave the card due to an infection

Michel Pereira in UFC victory (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

Michael Pereira defeated S. Ponzinibbio in the UFC Las Vegas 55 (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

With just under a month left for completion, the UFC 301, scheduled for May 4th, in Rio de Janeiro, suffered a significant absence. Escalated to face Michael Pereira in a duel valid for middleweight (up to 83,9 kg) on ​​the main card, Makhmud Muradov announced, through a post on social media, that he is out of the event due to a neck infection.

“Hello, dear friends. For the second time in 20 days, an infection appeared, needed to be removed and my team and I decided to cancel the fight. God willing we will be back soon”, wrote the athlete from Uzbekistan.


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With the output of Makhmud Muradov, in the presence of Michael Pereira No. UFC 301 is still uncertain. It is not known whether the organization will look for a replacement to face 'Paraense Voador' at the event in Rio de Janeiro.

Undefeated since 2020, Michael Pereira carries a streak of seven wins. In 2023, the Brazilian was forced by the organization to move up from welterweight (up to 77,1 kg) to middleweight after successive problems with the scale.


Michael Pereira saw action twice in the new weight division. In October 2023 he knocked out Andre Petroski and in March of this year, in UFC 299, finished Michal Oleksiejczuk.

Without Michel Pereira, check out the complete UFC 301 card, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Alexandre pantoja x Steve Erceg – Fight for the belt


Bantamweight (up to 61,2kg): Jonathan martinez x José Aldo

Light heavyweight (up to 83,9kg): Anthony Smith x Victor Petrino

Average weight (up to 83,9kg): Paul Craig x Caio Borralho


Featherweight (up to 65,7kg): Joanderson Brito x Jack shore

Strawweight (up to 52,2kg): Karolina Kowalkievicz x Iasmin Lucindo

Light weight (up to 70,3kg): elves brener x Myktybek Orolbai

Featherweight (up to 65,7kg): Jean Silva x William Gomis

Light weight (up to 70,3kg): Joaquim Silva x Drakkar Klose

Light weight (up to 70,3kg): Mauricio Ruffy x Jamie Mularkey

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Dione Barbosa x Ernesta Kareckaite

Light weight (up to 70,3kg): Ismael Bonfim x Vinc Pichel

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Alexander Costa x Kevin Borjas

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