Alex Perez
Can't capitalize on mistake in loss
FlyweightUFC
November 30, 2018
Perez lost to Joseph Benavidez via TKO (strikes) at 4:19 of Round 1 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Perez came out pressuring forward and throwing hard but a few well-timed counters from his opponent forced him to change his plans. After failing on a single-leg attempt, Perez found himself flat on his stomach eating shots to the head. The ref put his hands on Benavidez to stop the action but Perez instantly began driving on the leg, which led to the continuation of the fight. A confused Benavidez seemed to be caught off guard, allowing Perez to complete a takedown but he was finished in the same position following a scramble. Perez began his UFC career with impressive finishes of Carl John de Thomas and Jose Torres but was dealt a blow by one of the division's mainstays Friday. His professional MMA record falls to 21-5 as a result of the loss.
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Set to face Joseph Benavidez
FlyweightUFC
November 9, 2018
Perez will take on Joseph Benavidez at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez is riding an eight-match winning streak, including his first three matches with the UFC. He most recently knocked out Jose Torres in the first round at UFC 227 in August. His opponent, Benavidez, was riding a six-win streak of his own before an ACL tear forced him to miss 18 months. In his only match since the injury, he lost a split decision to Sergio Pettis at UFC 225 in June.
No contact for 60 days
FlyweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Perez suffered a cut to his left eyebrow against Jose Torres at UFC 227 on Sunday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After notching a Round 1 knockout over Torres, Perez will be suspended for 60 days without contact or until he receives medical clearance. Perez is planning on staying at flyweight for his next bout, despite being advised to move up to bantamweight.
Move to bantamweight recommended
FlyweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Perez has been advised to move up to bantamweight by the California State Athletic Commission, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez picked up a Round 1 TKO victory over Jose Torres at UFC 227 on Saturday, but according to the report, weighed in at 146.5 pounds on fight day. Considering the fight was contracted at flyweight (125 pounds), that amounts to a 16.2 percent increase in body weight between fight night and weigh-ins the day before. It remains to be seen if the commission's recommendations have any teeth, as this is a generally new practice that is intended to curb extreme weight cutting in the sport. According to the report, Perez intends to remain at flyweight, and his manager claims to have already received the necessary medical clearance. Nonetheless, his weigh-ins will be worth a watch moving forward, especially now that those numbers are out in the open.
Runs through Jose Torres at UFC 227
FlyweightUFC
August 4, 2018
Perez defeated Jose Torres via TKO (punches) at 3:36 of Round 1 at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
This fight was pretty incredible. Perez came out looking to throw volume. He landed a ton of strikes and hurt Torres early and often. Torres tried to stay in the fight, but he could not survive. This was a very impressive performance for Perez. With the win, he improves to 3-0 in the UFC, and he does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
Booked against Jose Torres at UFC 227
FlyweightUFC
July 20, 2018
Perez will take on Jose Torres in a flyweight matchup at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez will get another chance to compete at flyweight after missing weight for his last matchup, a unanimous-decision victory over Eric Shelton. He only missed by a half a pound, but will need to make the 126-pound limit without issue this time to avoid being forced to move up to bantamweight. Problems with the scale aside, Perez will hold a two-inch height advantage and has slightly more experience under the UFC banner. That won't intimidate Torres, however, who is undefeated as a professional and will have a full fight camp this time around.