Askar Askarov vs. Alex Perez rebooked for UFC’s July 16 event

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Askar Askarov vs. Alex Perez has been rescheduled.

Askarov (14-1-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) meets Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) on July 16 at a UFC event which doesn’t yet have a publicly known venue or location.

A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed new date to MMA Junkie after an initial post by Perez’s management Iridium Sports Agency on social media. Askarov on Thursday posted the matchup to his own accounts

The pair originally was scheduled to face off in July 2021 at UFC on ESPN 28, but Askarov withdrew due to injury. Perez then had multiple bookings with Matt Schnell rescheduled, but the fight never came to fruition.

Their UFC 269 matchup was scrapped when Schnell wasn’t medically cleared and their UFC 271 matchup fell apart when Perez missed weight by two pounds and Schnell refused to fight him at a catchweight.

Perez hasn’t competed since he was submitted in a title fight against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255 in November 2020.

Askarov is coming off a close decision loss to Kai Kara-France at UFC on ESPN 33 in March. It was the former ACB flyweight champ’s first setback of his professional MMA career.