All is fair in love and war. Recently, former Ultimate Fighting Championship 170-pound title contender Jorge Masvidal has been accused of having a message exchange with Michel Pereira's wife by Pereira himself. The Brazilian took the floor following his split decision victory over Santiago Ponzinibbio in the recent UFC Vegas 55 co-headliner to challenge "Gamebred" for a fight to solve the issue.
“(Masvidal) sent an emoji to my wife," Pereira said during the post-fight press conference. "The (praying hands) emoji. He sent it to my wife and didn’t send it to me. I never actually crossed paths with him, never had the chance to ask him. So I figured I really want to understand, but might as well understand inside the Octagon. So let’s just settle it over there.”
A few hours after Pereira (28-11, 2 NC; 6-2 UFC) threw down the gauntlet, "Gamebred" took up to Twitter to answer. Masvidal (35-16, 12-9 UFC) is coming off a decision loss to long-term rival Colby Covington in the UFC 272 main event, but he doesn't look interested in facing Pereira anytime soon. Masvidal posted a screenshot of his conversation with Pereira's wife and blasted his fellow UFC fighter for creating a “fake narrative.”
"How crazy a world and how far has society fallen that this idiot [Pereira] would use his wife to hopefully 1 day get a paycheck and create a fake narrative to try and get a fight with me when clearly he sees she slid in my dm? Wishing you guys the best #marriagecounselor"
Gina Amir, Pereira's wife, also shared a statement on her social media accounts with her side of the story.
"Society is always looking for excitement and unfortunately drama sells- twisting the narrative to create a story that is false.
I have never, and would never do anything to disrespect my marriage or my husband. This account as you can see, is a business account and way more than 1 person has access to it. This is not even the way I would speak.
Not to mention it is from years ago and before I even knew Michel. Michel and I would appreciate respect as we are starting a family together.
There is lots of hatred in this world we do not need to add to it. Peace and love to all of you."