Alex Perez


Opponent changed for next fight
October 2, 2020
Perez will now take on Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, rather than Brandon Moreno as originally scheduled, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Figueiredo, the flyweight champion, was set to fight Cody Garbrandt, but Garbrandt withdrew Friday, potentially due to his positive COVID-19 test in September. Perez will change opponents and will get a shot at the division title. Whether or not Moreno will remain on the card is not yet clear.
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Pegged for UFC 255
August 10, 2020
Perez is set to dance with Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Perez has picked up six victories in his first seven UFC bouts, with his only loss coming at the hands of Joseph Benavidez, another top contender in the flyweight division. Next up is Moreno, who has won two consecutive fights and will likely look to use his one-inch height and five-inch reach advantages to keep Perez at a distance. Considering Perez has seen his fights go the distance in just two of his seven UFC bouts and Moreno has seen six of his eight end via decision, the two may have differing philosophies on how they want the fight to go.
Multiple injuries in Formiga win
June 10, 2020
Perez has been suspended a possible six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of possible foot, ankle and ribs injuries, reports.
Perez looked dominant in his TKO victory over Jussier Formiga at UFC 250, but apparently he didn't emerge completely unscathed in the process. Without clearance, the rising flyweight could be sidelined until Dec. 4.
Rise up rankings continues
June 6, 2020
Perez defeated Jussier Formiga via TKO (leg kicks) at 4:06 of Round 1 at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a dominant performance by Perez against one of the division's better fighters. Recognizing his advantage in the standup game, Perez pounded Formiga with repeated leg kicks. He established that part of his game moments in to the fight and stuck with it until Formiga could no longer continue. Perez becomes the eleventh fighter in UFC history -- and the second in the last two weeks -- to end a bout with leg kicks. The Team Oyama product is making a name for himself at flyweight. He is 11-1 in his past 12 fights dating back to May 2016 and the only setback in that span came against top contender Joseph Benavidez. Big things are ahead for the 28-year-old California native, who will also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Sets sights on Formiga fight
May 6, 2020
Perez will take on Jussier Formiga in a flyweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location June 6, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
Perez was originally scheduled to take on Kai Kara-France in San Diego on May 16, but the UFC was forced to move that card to Jacksonville due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this bout ultimately fell through. Perez will get a higher-ranked opponent this time out, but also one that could get him closer to a title shot -- provided the flyweight division sticks around. Perez is an impressive 5-1 in six fights with the company, with his only loss coming to Joseph Benavidez (who has also beaten Formiga). Formiga has many more pro fights under his belt, but Perez has more statistical advantages, such as striking volume and takedown average. This card is tentatively in line to be called UFC 250, though the promotion has yet to announce a headliner for the event.
Added to San Diego card
March 6, 2020
Perez will fight Kai Kara-France in a flyweight match at UFC San Diego on May 16, reports.
Perez is coming off back-to-back wins, and he'll now look to score a third straight victory against Kara-France. Despite boasting a one-inch advantage in terms of height, Perez will be at a disadvantage in terms of reach. His most recent win came over Jordan Espinosa at UFC Raleigh in January.