Absentee bantamweight contender Thomas Almeida is back in the fold.
This fight marks Almeida’s first since Jan. 20, 2018. “Thominhas” entered his 33-month hiatus with losses in three of his last four fights. He began his pro career 21-0 with four straight wins in the UFC before hitting his current slump. Most recently, he lost by second-round TKO to Rob Font at UFC 220.
Perez is coming off of back-to-back losses to Song Yadong and Cody Stamann. Prior to those setbacks, “Turbo” was on a 6-0-1 stretch that included wins over veterans Eddie Wineland, Iuri Alcantara, and Scott Jorgensen. He is competing for the first time since July 2019.