According to an announcement on the broadcast, an undisclosed medical issue rendered former title challenger Perez (24-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) unable to compete in the main card flyweight bout against Kape (18-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
A recent string of issues preventing Perez from competing continues. Since 2021, Perez was set to fight 10 times, but only made it to the cage once. That fight was a losing effort against Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 277 last July.
Issues have persisted on both Perez and his opponents’ side, making for what has to be a very frustrating stretch of his career.
Friday at ceremonial weigh-ins, tempers flared between Perez and Kape during their faceoff, prompting UFC president Dana White and security to separate the two fighters.
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Kape was last in action in December, where he won a unanimous decision over David Dvorak. It is unclear if the promotion will look to rebook the matchup at a later date, or search for new opponents for both fighters.
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