An event plagued with fight cancellations saw a promising flyweight scrap scrapped with the UFC San Antonio preliminary card underway.
Now, Alex Perez, whose withdrawal from a fight with Manel Kape briefly threw the event into chaos, has opened up about what forced him out of the match-up with several bouts already in the books.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for all the support and concerns. I was doing my pre-fight warm up and had a seizure,” Perez (24-7) wrote on social media a short time after the incident. “I immediately received medical attention. My hydration, electrolytes, etc were all more than adequate. This has nothing to do with weight cut. It was one of the easiest cuts of my career. I will be undergoing further testing in the upcoming weeks to determine the cause. I would appreciate privacy.”
“My apologizes to my opponent and fans. Thank you to the UFC medical team for their help and support.”
The cancellation of Perez vs. Kape left the promotion with extra time to fill, as Daniel Pineda vs. Tucker Lutz was shifted from the prelims to the main card.
Perez, who challenged then-champ Deiveson Figueiredo for flyweight gold in 2020, has hit Ray Borg-levels of bad luck, with no fewer than nine fights cancelled since then — including four against Matt Schnell alone.
Now 31-years old, Alex Perez has fought just once since his title shot, losing via submission to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 277 last July.