Alex Perez, 27, of Lemoore, California, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 166.” After his win, he expressed his interest in fighting Askar “Bullet” Askarov, 27, of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia.
Featuring 12 MMA bouts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held “UFC Fight Night 166” at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA on January 25, 2020. In the 10th bout of the evening, Perez competed in the flyweight division against Jordan Espinosa, 30, of Findlay, Ohio, USA.
“UFC Fight Night 166” marked Espinosa’s third UFC bout. It was Perez’s sixth outing in the promotion.
Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the flyweight contest after 2 minutes and 33 seconds in the first round when Perez submitted Espinosa via arm-triangle choke.
“I’d like Askar Askarov next,” Perez said in his post-fight interview. “He’s a wrestler, I’m a wrestler and we both like to stand, so why not?”
“I’d love to get on that Khabib vs Tony Ferguson card,” Perez added. “That’d give me a little break and then come back ready to work.”
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 35, of Oxnard, California will challenge reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmadomedov, 31, of Makhachkala, Dagestan. They will headline “UFC 249“at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA On April 18, 2020.
Askarov is an undefeated fighter with 11 wins and 0 loss. Winning at “UFC Fight Night 166” improved the professional MMA record of Perez to 23 wins and 5 losses while Espinosa now has 14 wins and 7 losses.
A total of 14,533 spectators attended “UFC Fight Night 166,” which translated to $1,303,320.00. Seven countries were represented on the fight card namely Brazil, Czech Republic, England, Serbia, Sweden, the U.S. and Wales.
Perez and Espinosa were among the 15 representatives of the U.S. It was the fifth UFC victory of the former.
The Lemoore native was one of the two recipients of Performance of the Night. The other one was Herbert “The Blaze” Burns, 31, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before Espinosa, the first four opponents who lost to Perez in the UFC were Carls John “Golden Boy” de Tomas, 23, of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines; Eric “Showtime” Shelton, 28, of Lawton, Oklahoma, USA; Jose “Shorty” Torres, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, USA and Mark “Bumblebee” de la Rosa, 25, of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Here is the Lemoore native after his recent win in Raleigh: