While they couldn’t find a name as known as Thiago Alves, the UFC has managed to secure a new opponent for “Platinum” Mike Perry this weekend. Meeting Perry at UFC Pittsburgh on just three days notice will be Alex Reyes. Both Perry and later Reyes confirmed the booking on social media.
Respect to my new opponent steppin up on 3 days notice. Let's see what you got Alex Reyes
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) September 13, 2017
Reyes (12-2) will be making his UFC debut at the event, against one of the lightweight division’s rising, and toughest, talents. He will enter the bout on a twelve fight win streak, having not lost since 2007, when he dropped his first two fights as a pro. Reyes has finished all twelve of his opponents since then, and is currently on a four fight submission streak. Prior to that, he had KO/TKO’d eight straight foes.
Most recently, Reyes was fighting under the King of the Cage banner. He captured their lightweight championship in 2014.
Perry (10-1), meanwhile, is coming off a knockout of Jake Ellenberger in April.
In regards to taking the fight on such short notice, Reyes stated via his official Instagram that “Hard work has paid off but it’s just the beginning… they are saying I’m crazy for stepping up on a 3 day notice.. true lol.. but also I have a ton of skill and technique and I’m excited to step in the Octogon (sic) and display my talent and put on a show for the UFC fans.”
UFC Fight Night 116, commonly known as UFC Pittsburgh, goes down Saturday night. Former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold meets ex-WSOF multi-division champion David Branch in the main event.