Alex Perez (fighter)

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Alex Perez
BornAlexander Salvador Perez[1]
(1992-03-21) March 21, 1992 (age 29)
Hanford, California, United States[2]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight56 kg (123 lb; 8 st 11 lb)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
StyleWrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Fighting out ofLemoore, California, United States
TeamTeam Oyama
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision12
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision1
UniversityWest Hills College Lemoore[3]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Salvador Perez[1] (born March 21, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist and currently competes in flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[4] As of June 16, 2020, he is #4 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[5]


Perez is of Mexican descent and has eight siblings.[6] He started wrestling in the sixth grade alongside his two brothers Silverio Esparza and Julian Perez. Perez represent West Hills College Lemoore in wrestling and he was the regional champion and All-American wrestler in his sophomore year in college.[3] After Perez completed high school, he began helping friends train for their MMA fights due to his wrestling experience. [7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Perez fought all of his fights in United States where he made his professional debut on May 6, 2011 at TPF 9. He faced Jesus Castro and knockout Castro in round one.[8] He amassed a total of 16-4 before joining Dana White's Contender Series 5, facing Kevin Gray. He defeated Gray, and with the win, he was signed by UFC.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Perez made his promotional debut on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega against Carlos John de Tomas.[10] He won the fight via submission in round two.[11]

On February 24, 2018, Perez faced Eric Shelton at UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens.[12] At the weigh-ins, Perez weighed in at 126.5 pounds, a half pound over the flyweight non-title fight upper limit of 126 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at catchweight and Perez was fined 20% of his purse which went to his opponent Eric Shelton.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Perez faced Jose Torres on August 9, 2018 at UFC 227.[15] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[16]

Perez faced Joseph Benavidez on November 30, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[17] He lost the fight via technical knockout out in round one.[18]

Perez faced Mark De La Rosa in a bantamweight bout on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Perez was scheduled to face Sergio Pettis on September 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 17.[21] However, Perez pulled out of the bout on August 26 citing an injury.[22]

Perez faced Jordan Espinosa on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166.[23] He won the fight via an arm-triangle choke in round one.[24] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[25] Perez's arm triangle was an on the fly adjustment and the first time he had submitted someone from that position.[7]

Perez was expected to face Kai Kara-France on May 16, 2020.[26] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[27] Instead Perez faced Jussier Formiga on June 6, 2020 at UFC 250.[28] He won the bout via first-round technical knockout.[29] This win earned him the Performance of the Night.[30]

Perez was expected to face Brandon Moreno on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[31] However, on October 2, it was announced that Perez would face Deiveson Figueiredo, replacing an injured Cody Garbrandt for the UFC Flyweight Championship at the same event.[32] He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in round one.[33]

Perez was scheduled to meet Matt Schnell on May 15, 2021 at UFC 262.[34] However, for undisclosed reasons Perez was force to pull out from the event and he was replaced by Rogério Bontorin.[35]

Perez was scheduled to face Askar Askarov on July 31, 2021 on UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland.[36] However, Askarov pulled out of the fight in early July citing injury. In turn, Perez was removed from the card entirely and rescheduled to face Matt Schnell four weeks later on August 28, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze.[37] However, for undisclosed reason the bout was move to UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till.[38] However, the bout was yet again postponed for unknown reasons to UFC 269.[39] At the weigh-ins Alex Perez weighed in at 126.25 pounds, a quarter-pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit. Shortly after the weigh-ins, officials had announced that the bout had been cancelled due Schnell was forced to withdraw from the event due to a medical issue.[40] The pair was rescheduled to UFC 271 on February 12, 2022.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Alex and his wife have a son (born 2021).[42]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 24 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 7 4
By decision 12 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–6 Deiveson Figueiredo Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 1 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 24–5 Jussier Formiga TKO (leg kicks) UFC 250 June 6, 2020 1 4:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 23–5 Jordan Espinosa Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos January 25, 2020 1 2:33 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 22–5 Mark De La Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Bantamweight bout.
Loss 21–5 Joseph Benavidez TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 1 4:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 Jose Torres KO (punches) UFC 227 August 9, 2018 1 3:34 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 20–4 Eric Shelton Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States Catchweight (126.5 lb) bout; Perez missed weight.
Win 19–4 Carls John de Tomas Submission (anaconda choke) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 2 1:54 Fresno, California, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 18–4 Kevin Gray Technical Submission (anaconda choke) Dana White's Contender Series 5 August 8, 2017 1 2:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Flyweight.
Win 17–4 Tyler Bialecki Decision (unanimous) CFFC 64 March 25, 2017 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 16–4 Andrew Natividad Submission (anaconda choke) TPF 30 February 2, 2017 1 2:27 Lemoore, California, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 15–4 Ralph Acosta Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Warranted Aggression December 18, 2016 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States Catchweight (130 lb) bout; Perez missed weight (131.4 lb).
Win 14–4 Ray Elizalde Decision (split) RFA 42 August 19, 2016 3 5:00 Visalia, California, United States
Loss 13–4 Jared Papazian Submission (armbar) TPF 27 May 19, 2016 1 3:26 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (130 lb) bout.
Loss 13–3 Adam Antolin Submission (guillotine choke) TPF 25 November 19, 2015 1 1:15 Lemoore, California, United States Lost the TPF Flyweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Martin Sandoval Decision (unanimous) TPF 24 August 6, 2015 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (127.2 lb) bout; Perez missed weight.
Win 12–2 Anthony Figueroa Decision (unanimous) TPF 22 February 5, 2015 5 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won the vacant TPF Flyweight Championship.
Win 11–2 Del Hawkins TKO (punches) TPF 19 June 19, 2014 1 2:23 Lemoore, California, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 10–2 Eloy Garza Decision (unanimous) TPF 18 February 6, 2014 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–2 Jeff Carson Submission (standing guillotine) TPF 16 August 22, 2013 1 2:23 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 8–2 Peter Baltimore Decision (unanimous) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 8 March 23, 2013 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 7–2 Carlos DeSoto TKO (punches) TPF 15 November 15, 2012 1 1:52 Lemoore, California, United States Bantamweight bout; Perez missed weight (138.8 lb).
Win 6–2 Javier Galas Submission (rear-naked choke) TPF 14 September 7, 2012 1 1:37 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (139 lb) bout.
Win 5–2 Edgar Diaz Submission (kimura) TPF 12 March 9, 2012 1 2:33 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (130.2 lb) bout; Perez missed weight.
Win 4–2 Kevin Michel Decision (unanimous) CA Fight Syndicate: Rivalry January 28, 2012 3 5:00 Santa Monica, California, United States
Loss 3–2 John MaCalolooy Decision (unanimous) WFC: Bruvado Bash January 7, 2012 3 5:00 Placerville, California, United States
Loss 3–1 Edgar Diaz Submission (guillotine choke) TPF 11 December 2, 2011 1 0:43 Lemoore, California, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Sam Stevens-Milo Decision (unanimous) UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 6 September 10, 2011 3 5:00 Turlock, California, United States
Win 2–0 Ruben Trujillo Decision (unanimous) UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 4 Jun 24, 2011 3 5:00 Madera, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jesus Castro TKO (punches) TPF 9 May 6, 2011 1 1:56 Lemoore, California, United States Bantamweight debut.


See also[edit]


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