It didn’t take long for Alex Perez to get a new fight.
Perez originally was scheduled to face Askar Askarov on July 16 at UFC on ESPN 38 in Long Island, N.Y., but the fight was scrapped when Askarov withdrew for undisclosed reasons.
Instead, Perez will now face another top contender in Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 277 on July 30 in Dallas. A person with knowledge of the matchup informed MMA Junkie that verbal agreements are in place for the bout but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Ag Fight was first to report the booking, and Perez subsequently confirmed it <a href=”
Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has now seen six straight bouts canceled. The 30-year-old hasn’t competed since his title-fight submission loss to Deiveson Figueiredo in November 2020 at UFC 255. Prior to that, Perez notched three consecutive wins over Mark De La Rosa, Jordan Espinosa and Jussier Formiga.
Pantoja (24-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is coming off back-to-back wins over Manel Kape and most recently a Performance of the Night submission of Brandon Royval last August. The Brazilian also holds wins over current interim title challengers Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France, who square off on the same night as Pantoja and Perez.
With the addition, the UFC 277 lineup includes:
Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes
Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France
Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith
Rafael Alves vs. Drew Dober
Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Michael Morales
Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ihor Potieria
Don’Tale Mayes vs. Justin Tafa
Diego Ferreira vs. Drakkar Klose
Mariya Agapova vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Ludovit Klein
Orion Cosce vs. Blood Diamond
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez