Fighting out of Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil, Erivan “Negão” Pereira, 29, of is one of the Brazilian mixed martial artists who will compete at “Brave 25.” Recently, he shared a message to his opponent Mehdi “The Sultan” Baghdad, 34, of France and the United States.
“I’m going in to make a statement and Mehdi, better be ready for me because I’ll be ready to go,” Pereira said. “I’m in the best shape ever and training has gone very well. Let’s hope he’s ready for me and we can give the fans a good fight.”
Featuring 10 MMA fights, Brave Combat Federation will hold “Brave 25” at the Minas Tenis Clube Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In the eighth bout of the evening, Pereira and Baghdad will battle it out in the super lightweight division.
Both former lightweight athletes, Pereira and Baghdad are fighting in the new division for the first time. The Brazilian contender said, “I like the idea of super lightweight.”
“I like it a lot,” Pereira continued. “It feels like I gained four kilos, which is the difference between the new division and lightweight. I’m so ready to go and I’m feeling very healthy.”
Pereira is happy to be eating well a week away from his much-anticipated return to Brave CF. Coming off a surprise technical knockout victory in his promotional debut over the legendary Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, 36, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA, he is excited to showcase how well he can fight when he does not have to cut that much weight.
While Pereira has not fought in more than a year, he has stayed active in jiu-jitsu tournaments and does not feel cage rust will be an issue. He is keen on maintaining a certain level of respect for his opponent and will not give any motivational weapons for Baghdad, who is coming off a TKO loss to Paweł Kiełek, 23, of Olsztyn, Poland.
“I’m always competing, you know,” Pereira shared. “Training hard and doing smaller competitions so my mind and my body are used to it.”
“I don’t really like to say anything about being this veteran killer because he’s coming in ready to fight me and hurt me,” Pereira continued. “Fans will say whatever they want but I don’t want to underestimate him.”
Here is a clip featuring Pereira: