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Frankie Perez to meet Chris Wade at UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island

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Chris Wade meets Frankie Perez on Long Island in July.
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It’ll be New Jersey vs. Long Island at Nassau Coliseum.

Frankie Perez will take on Chris Wade at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22 in Uniondale, N.Y., MMA Fighting confirmed Wednesday after the initial report by Newsday’s Mark La Monica.

The two men actually fought previously in 2014 for Ring of Combat, with Wade successfully defending his ROC lightweight title against Perez by split decision.

Perez (10-3) came out of a brief retirement in December, falling to Marc Diakiese by unanimous decision. The Howel, N.J., native stepped away from the sport after a knockout win over Sam Stout in 2015, but returned last year. Perez, 27, trains out of Ricardo Almeida’s gym and is a teammate of Frankie Edgar and others.

Wade (11-3) has dropped two in a row, most recently a unanimous decision loss to Islam Makhachev last September. The Long Island native started his UFC career on a three-fight winning streak prior to this recent skid. Wade, 29, was a top wrestler in college and trains out of Long Island MMA.

UFC on FOX 25 doesn’t have a headliner set. The only other bout currently booked is a light heavyweight fight between Gian Villante and Patrick Cummins.