Alex Perez, UFC Vegas 91

Alex Perez one-punch KO’s Matheus Nicolau in UFC Vegas 91 main event

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to us tonight, April 27, 2024, for UFC Vegas 91, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.

Headlining the event was a flyweight bout between no. 5 ranked Matheus Nicolau (19-4-1) and no. 8 ranked former title challenger Alex Perez (25-8).

Nicolau was originally slated to face no. 6 ranked former Rizin bantamweight champion Manel Kape in a rematch tonight, which was a rescheduled match up from January that fell through. Instead he faced Perez in tonight’s main event of the evening.

Nicolau had gone 4-1 since returning to the UFC in 2021, while Perez, following a 6-1 run to begin his promotional tenure, came into this bout on a three-fight skid, though some believe he should’ve gotten the nod in his last fight against no. 7 ranked Muhammad Mokaev.

Continue reading to see how our UFC Vegas 91 flyweight main event went down:

Official Result: Alex Perez def. Matheus Nicolau via KO (punch) at 2:16 of round two

The two had a measured approach to begin the bout, Perez taking the center and finding his range with leg kicks. Perez lunged in for a good punch combination two minutes in, continuing to move Nicolau backwards, Nicolau of which landed a hard two-punch combination as the opening round went on.

They traded leg kicks in the early goings of the second, each of them slamming their shins into the others leg with impact. Perez hurt Nicolau with a short combination a couple minutes in, and stepped in for another combination shortly following, ending with a right hook that KO’d Nicolau on the spot.

Alex Perez really showed up tonight; he did a great job mixing his strikes up from the body to the head, and he was the pursuer in this fight. He led every exchange tonight and it led to his first win in nearly four years. What a stellar performance.

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Brady Ordway
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