Alex Perez on Earning UFC Contract: It’s Overwhelming

Alex Perez is soaking it all in after earning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. This past Tuesday night (Aug. 8), Perez competed on the fifth edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Perez shined with a first-round submission victory over Kevin Gray. The win impressed White, who awarded him with a contract. Speaking […]

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Undefeated over the course of his first year as a pro fighter, bantamweight prospect Kris Moutinho has only one complaint about his good start: not getting as many finishes as he would like.

So far in four bouts, Moutinho has won three by decision, but even then he feels like he’s been able to dominate in each of those victories.

“Some of them haven’t gone exactly how I wanted,” Moutinho told MMAWeekly.com. “I would have liked to have had some more finishes. To get the wins, that’s all I care about. If I can get the finish, I’ll get the finish, if I can’t then I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.

“I don’t think I’ve lost a round, maybe one, in my last four fights, so I feel I’ve been doing pretty good.”

Kris MoutinhoPrior to turning pro, Moutinho spent over three years in the amateur ranks, and believes that time helped him be able to get off to the kind of start he is on now.

“I had a lot of good fights against really good guys in the amateurs,” said Moutinho. “My team and my coach made me test myself. It prepared me really well. I already know what it’s like to go against tough dudes for long rounds.

“I know where I’m at. I know how I feel. I’m ready to make this run to the top. I don’t want to wait anymore.”

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Moutinho (4-0) will take on veteran Brandon Seyler (6-5-1) in a main card 135-pound bout at CES 45 on Friday in Lincoln, Rhode Island. 

“He’s dangerous in many ways,” Moutinho said of Seyler. “He’s not great anywhere, really, but he’s good in different places. It’s going to be tough. The most dangerous thing about him is he is athletic.

“I’m going to look to put the pressure on him and get the finish quick; and if I can’t, just keep going and grind. I’ve always been a grinder. It’s going to be a war. It’s going to be an exciting fight and I’m going to look to push the pace.”

For Moutinho, picking up wins against fighters who have the experience level of Seyler is important if he wants to prove he’s ready for the next step in his career.

“I think I’m ready to get that title in my next fight or the one after that, so (beating) guys like this is going to be the real deciding factor,” said Moutinho. “I think I can beat these guys that people are claiming are at the top.

“At 145-pounds, 135-pounds, or 125-pounds, it doesn’t matter what weight class I go to, I’ve fought in all of them. I know I can beat all these guys around here, so I’m just looking to rack up these wins.”

(Photo Courtesy of CES)

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First-Round Finishes Earn Two Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Fighters UFC Contracts

UFC president Dana White awarded two UFC contracts to Alex Perez and Mike Rodriguez after their Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series finishes. The two fighters ended their bouts in the first round.

“I’m definitely taking Alex Perez. He’s in. And how do you not take Mike Rodriguez with that knee? I have to do it, so those are the two tonight,” said White following the event.

In the fight card’s main event, Rodriguez flattened Jamelle Jones two minutes into the opening round. He jumped into the air wiht a flying knee, and it landed. After the fight, an emotional Rodriguez spoke about the big win.

Perez won his flyweight fight against Kevin Gray by submission. Midway through the first round, Gray found himself on the wrong end of an anaconda choke. Following the fight, Perez discussed the win while watching highlights of the action.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 5 took place at the UFC Training Centre in Las Vegas. The five-fight card featured four finishes and one decision.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 5 Results:

– Mike Rodriguez def. Jamelle Jones by KO (flying knee) at 2:15, R1
– Julio Arce def. Peter Petties by TKO (punches) at 2:39, R2
– Alex Perez def. Kevin Gray by submission (anaconda choke) at 2:54, R1
– Ricky Simon def. Donavon Frelow by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Shelton Graves def. Everett Sims by TKO (knees) at 2:20, R3

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