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Alexis Vila Perdomo (born March 12, 1971) is a Cuban professional mixed martial artist currently competing for the World Series of Fighting. An accomplished wrestler, Vila is also a two-time World Champion and 1996 Olympic bronze medallist. At the 1996 Summer Olympics he won the bronze medal in the Freestyle Light Flyweight (– 48 kg) category.

Alexis Vila Perdomo
Born (1971-03-12) March 12, 1971 (age 48)
Villa Clara, Cuba
Other namesThe Exorcist
ResidenceMiami, Florida
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionFlyweight (2007–2011, 2013-present), Bantamweight (2011–2012)
Reach69 12 in (177 cm)
Fighting out ofMiami, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
WrestlingFreestyle Wrestling
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission3
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Men's Wrestling
Representing  Cuba
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Freestyle (– 48 kg)
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Toronto 48 kg
Gold medal – first place 1994 Istanbul 48 kg
Silver medal – second place 1995 Atlanta 48 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1995 Mar del Plata Freestyle (– 48 kg)



Born and raised in a rough neighborhood in Villa Clara, Cuba, Vila began getting into street fights from a young age. After winning multiple titles in wrestling and earning a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Vila defected to the United States in 1997 and found a job coaching at Michigan State University where he worked with future UFC fighters Rashad Evans and Gray Maynard. In 2004, Vila accidentally crashed his car into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Though no one was hurt, authorities mistakenly believed it to be attempted terrorism and Vila was charged with airport violence and sent to prison for three years. Upon his release, Vila began his career in mixed martial arts.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Vila made his Bellator debut by defeating Featherweight Champion Joe Warren in the quarterfinals of the Bantamweight tournament at Bellator 51. Vila next faced Marcos Galvao and won by controversial split decision.

In the finals, Vila faced Eduardo Dantas for the Season 5 Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Championship. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Vila's next fight was against Luis Nogueira in the Quarterfinals of the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament. Vila lost via unanimous decision.

World Series of FightingEdit

Vila faced Josh Rettinghouse in a Bantamweight bout at World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl on October 26, 2013.[2] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Vila faced Sidemar Honorio at WSOF 8. He won the bout via unanimous decision.

Vila then faced Brandon Hempleman at WSOF 12 on August 9, 2014. Vila lost via unanimous decision.[3]

Other promotionsEdit

Vila faced Brazilian prospect Marcel Adur at Fight Time 23: Mayhem In Miami on February 6, 2015.[4] He lost the fight via body kick TKO, suffering the first TKO loss of his career.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He has a daughter in Cuba. He married Adriana Vila Perdomo (née De La Cruz) in Miami on April 26, 2012, but later divorced. She is now married to fellow Cuban boxer Joel Casamayor.[6] On April 23, 2018, Vila was arrested for charges including 2nd degree murder.[7]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 15 wins 7 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 3 1
By decision 5 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–7 Jorge Calvo Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 40 August 5, 2016 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 14–7 Abdiel Velazquez Decision (majority) Titan FC 39 June 10, 2016 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 14–6 Marcel Adur TKO (body kick and punches) Fight Time 23 – Mayhem In Miami February 6, 2015 1 4:49 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 14–5 Brandon Hempleman Decision (unanimous) WSOF 12 August 9, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–4 Sidemar Honorio Decision (unanimous) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Flyweight bout
Loss 13–4 Josh Rettinghouse Decision (unanimous) WSOF 6 October 26, 2013 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Bantamweight bout
Win 13–3 Wascar Cruz Submission (guillotine choke) CFA – Fight Night 1 September 11, 2013 1 2:12 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 12–3 Czar Sklavos Decision (unanimous) CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2 May 24, 2013 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 11–3 Joshua Sampo Submission (guillotine choke) CFA 9: Night of Champions January 19, 2013 5 2:26 Coral Gables, Florida, United States For the inaugural CFA Flyweight Championship
Loss 11–2 Luis Nogueira Decision (unanimous) Bellator 65 April 13, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 11–1 Eduardo Dantas Decision (unanimous) Bellator 59 November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Final
Win 11–0 Marcos Galvão Decision (split) Bellator 55 October 22, 2011 3 5:00 Yuma, Arizona, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 10–0 Joe Warren KO (punch) Bellator 51 September 24, 2011 1 1:04 Canton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal; Bantamweight Debut.
Win 9–0 Lewis McKenzie TKO (punches) MFA: New Generation 4 February 12, 2011 2 3:26 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 8–0 Omar Choudhury TKO (punches) MFA: New Generation 2 June 25, 2010 2 2:50 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Sean Hall TKO (punches) MFA: New Generation 1 April 30, 2010 2 3:34 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 Cody Bell TKO (punches) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 2 October 26, 2009 2 0:54 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Ben Nguyen KO (punch) PFC: Best of Both Worlds February 6, 2009 2 0:34 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 4–0 Ian Wolf Submission (rear-naked choke) MFA: There Will Be Blood December 13, 2008 1 0:35 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Ralph Acosta TKO (punches) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 1 November 6, 2008 1 1:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Tyler Weathers Decision (unanimous) Warpath September 27, 2008 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 1–0 Steven Nelson Submission (guillotine choke) Crazy Horse Fights December 11, 2007 2 3:52 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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  2. ^ "Alexis Vila vs. Josh Rettinghouse added to next week's WSOF 6 event". October 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "WSOF 12 results: Luis Palomino knocks out Lewis Gonzalez, asks for title shot". August 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Alexis Vila returns to face Marcel Adur on Fight Time's CBS Sports Network debut". January 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Beyond the Octagon: Inaugural Bellator champ Lyman Good wins regional title, UFC and TUF vets turn in mixed results". February 9, 2015.
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