Alex Perez is not stunned he’s fighting for a UFC title this weekend.
The UFC flyweight contender problems winner Deiveson Figueiredo in the key function of Saturday’s UFC 255 pay back-for every-check out function in Las Vegas. Perez (24-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is a top determine at 125 pounds, but he wasn’t in the primary title plans for Saturday’s card.
Figueiredo (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) was scheduled to complete his very first title protection against previous bantamweight winner Cody Garbrandt, but an damage compelled “No Love” to pull out from the party. And even then, several envisioned Perez’s authentic UFC 255 opponent, Brandon Moreno, to get the short-observe get in touch with, as he’s bigger ranked in the UFC’s official rankings.
But the Team Oyama product or service was not at all stunned to gave acquired the title shot about Moreno.
“I felt like I was upcoming in line just based on my performance from Formiga,” Perez said Wednesday’s UFC 255 digital media day. “Everyone states Brandon Moreno, but we both of those fought the very same male – he went to conclusion whilst (Perez) completed him.
“I felt like Jussier could’ve won (towards Moreno) personally. I could possibly be a little biased mainly because Jussier is my mate, but we fought the same male and I completed him the 1st round, so I felt like I was next in line.”
Moreno now faces growing contender Brandon Royval at UFC 255.
Whether admirers imagine Perez deserved the quick-discover contact is irrelevant, as he’s the guy battling for gold Saturday. Perez expects nothing at all but a war with the champion.
“Wherever it goes I experience cozy,” Perez stated. “I’ve been education it all. I haven’t been executing just 1 certain issue. From the wrestling to the striking to the grappling, I’m all set for regardless of what and in which ever the struggle goes.
“I know he’s no slouch and I’m fairly positive he assume I’m not a slouch and we’re heading 25 minutes. If it ends early, it ends early, but I’m there for war.”