Alex Perez


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 12/1/2019
Pulls out of Mexico City fight
August 28, 2019
Perez (22-5-0) announced Monday via a post on his personal Instagram account that he has withdrawn from his scheduled fight Sept. 21 versus Sergio Pettis (17-5-0) at UFC Mexico City, citing an unspecified injury.
Perez, who had won four of his last five fights in the Octagon, said in the post that he'll "be back better than ever," but didn't specify when he would be ready to compete again. The UFC has tabbed 35-year-old Tyson Nam (19-9-1) to replace Perez on the Mexico City card.
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Added to Mexico City card
July 28, 2019
Perez will take on Sergio Pettis in a flyweight matchup at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, reports.
Perez sports a 4-1 record with the company, most recently bouncing back from his first UFC loss with a unanimous-decision victory over Mark de la Rosa in March. He now draws an experienced opponent in Pettis who has dropped three of his last four, but don't let that recent run fool you. One of those losses was a failed attempt at a move up to bantamweight, while the other two were to some of the world's top flyweights in Henry Cejudo (current champion) and Jussier Formiga (No. 2 contender). Perez may hold just about every statistical edge over a much smaller sample size, but don't be fooled -- this will be a very even matchup.
Rebounds to easily defeat Mark De La Rosa
March 30, 2019
Perez defeated Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
It was a strong bounce back effort from Perez on the heels of his first-round knockout loss to Joseph Benavidez in November. Perez controlled the entire pace of the bout and landed a pair of takedowns for good measure. Still just 27 years old and sporting a 4-1 record in his time with the company, Perez is worth keeping an eye on at 135 pounds.
Draws Mark De La Rosa in Philly
March 13, 2019
Perez (21-5-0) is scheduled to face Mark De La Rosa (11-1-0) in a bantamweight matchup March 30 at UFC Philadelphia, Matt Mullin of reports.
The 26-year-old Perez returns to the Octagon following his first UFC loss, which came at the hands of Joseph Benavidez via first-round TKO back in November. He'll be taking on a rising upstart with some momentum in De La Rosa, who carries a two-fight win streak into the bout.
Can't capitalize on mistake in loss
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.
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.
Set to face Joseph Benavidez
November 9, 2018
Perez will take on Joseph Benavidez at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30, reports.
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.