MMA Preview – Michel Pereira vs Khaos Williams at UFC Vegas 17

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When is UFC Vegas 17? Saturday 19th December, 2020 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 17? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 17? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC Vegas 17 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 17? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


The performer, Michel Pereira (24-11-2) returns to the cage for the third time this year. He has had a topsy-turvy time in the UFC. He started with a highlight reel, flying knee knockout over Danny Roberts but then got embarrassed by the smaller Tristan Connelly, then dominated Diego Sanchez but got disqualified due to an illegal knee and is now coming off a normal fight by his standards – a submission and ‘performance of the night’ against Zelim Imadaev.

Khaos Williams (11-1) is no stranger to the highlight reel himself and has added to his knockout compilation in his first two UFC fights. He entered the UFC riding a six-fight win streak and extended it to eight with two brutal knockouts. Firstly, against Alex Morono in February and then an absolute starching of fellow knockout artist Abdul Razak Alhassan last month.


Pereira is a huge welterweight and usually boasts the size and power advantage, but Williams has a long reach and will have four inches on Pereira. This will be important in the exchanges, but Pereira can navigate around that reach with his movement and dynamism although he will have to pace himself.

Pereira also has the grappling advantage and considering Williams’s one-punch knockout power he may be wise to swallow his ego and take the fight to the floor. That is hard to see happening as Pereira is a proven assassin on the feet.

So, this depends on Pereira’s game plan. If he executes a thought-out strategy, he should win but if he trades blow for blow with Williams he is likely to get knocked out. A tough one to call but we are backing Williams and if he does not land an early knockout, he will finish stronger to earn a decision.

Prediction: Williams via Decision

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