A pair of top ten flyweights will collide at UFC 262.
According to MMA DNA, No. 4 ranked flyweight Alex Perez will fight No. 7 Matt Schnell on May 15. While UFC 262 is not officially announced, it appears it will take place on that date.
Perez (24-6) will be looking to bounce back from his recent flyweight title loss. He fought champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255 in November. Perez was defeated in less than two minutes when Figueiredo caught him in a guillotine choke. Before his title fight loss, he had been on a three-fight winning streak, with two of those coming in 2020 — finishing both Jordan Espinosa and Jussier Formiga in the first round.
Schnell (15-5) got back to his winning ways with a victory of a red hot Tyson Nam last month at UFC Fight Island 8. “Danger” defeated Nam via a split decision. The victory came after Schnell’s rather solid win streak was snapped by Alexandre Pantoja back in 2019. Schnell lost his first two UFC fights after competing on The Ultimate Fighter, but then he rattled off four straight wins. A win over Perez could get Schnell back in title contention.
With the addition of Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell, UFC 262 now looks like:
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gina Mazany
- Viviane Araujo vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
No location/venue has been revealed for the event.