Alex Perez

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 5/29/2021
Dealt max medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
Out
November 23, 2020
Perez has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a right hand injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Perez only made it a couple minutes in Saturday's title fight, post-fight medicals revealed a hand injury he'll need to get taken care of. The issue could sideline him until the spring unless he receives earlier clearance from a doctor.
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Quickly taps out in title fight
FlyweightUFC
Out
November 21, 2020
Perez came up short in his quest for the UFC Flyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Deiveson Figueiredo via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of Round 1 at UFC 255 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Perez is going to be kicking himself following this one. He was doing just fine in the couple minutes the fight lasted before essentially rolling into the guillotine choke that ended the bout. Perez appeared to have Figueiredo mounted but one poor decision allowed the Brazilian to grab a hold of his neck and turn out the lights. Perez is plenty talented and still just 28 years old but this is going to be a difficult one to bounce back from. Remember, this was originally scheduled to be Figueiredo v. Cody Garbrandt before the later was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Opponent changed for next fight
FlyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Pegged for UFC 255
FlyweightUFC
Out
August 10, 2020
Perez is set to dance with Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
Out
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.