Alexander Salvador Perez[1] (born March 21, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[4] As of June 6, 2023, he is #7 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[5]

Alex Perez
BornAlexander Salvador Perez[1]
(1992-03-21) March 21, 1992 (age 31)
Hanford, California, U.S.[2]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
StyleWrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Fighting out ofLemoore, California, U.S.
TeamTeam Oyama
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision12
By knockout1
By submission5
By decision1
UniversityWest Hills College Lemoore[3]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background Edit

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 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 Fight Night 159.[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 the event would be 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 fight 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 forced to pull out from the event and 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 reasons, the bout was moved to UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till.[38] However, the bout was yet again moved 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 canceled due to Schnell withdrawing from the event because of a medical issue.[40] The pair was rescheduled to UFC 271 on February 12, 2022.[41] At weigh-ins, Perez came in at 128 pounds and did not attempt to try again, resulting in Matt Schnell refusing to accept the catchweight bout and the fight being canceled.[42]

Perez faced Alexandre Pantoja on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[43] He lost the fight via a neck crank submission early in the first round.[44]

Perez was scheduled to face Amir Albazi on December 17, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 216.[45] However, he pulled out due to undisclosed reasons in late October and was replaced by Brandon Royval.[46]

Perez was scheduled to face Kai Kara-France on February 12, 2023, at UFC 284.[47] However, Kara-France withdrew from the fight, citing a knee injury and the bout was canceled.[48]

Perez was scheduled to face Manel Kape on March 25, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 43.[49] However, the pairing was cancelled during the broadcast as Perez suffered an undisclosed medical issue.[50]

Professional grappling career Edit

Perez was booked to compete against two-time NCAA champion wrestler Roman Bravo-Young in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4 on June 29, 2023.[51] The match ended in a draw.[52]

Personal life Edit

Alex and his wife have a son (born 2021).[53]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Mixed martial arts Edit

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 24 wins 7 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 7 5
By decision 12 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–7 Alexandre Pantoja Submission (neck crank) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 1 1:31 Dallas, Texas, United States
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.


Pay-per-view bouts Edit

No Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
1. UFC 255 Figueiredo vs. Perez November 21, 2020 UFC Apex Enterprise, Nevada, United States Not Disclosed[55]

See also Edit

References Edit

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