After a brief stop at 135 pounds, Sergio Pettis will return to the flyweight division for a clash with Alex Perez at UFC Mexico City.
The promotion announced the bout during the UFC 240 broadcast on Saturday night. Two other bouts were also confirmed for the Sept. 21 card: Marion Reneau vs. Irene Aldana at bantamweight and Paul Craig vs. Vinicius Moreira at light heavyweight.
UFC Fight Night 159 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City on Sept. 21 and is headlined by a featherweight tilt pitting Yair Rodriguez against Jeremy Stephens. The card will air in its entirety on ESPN+.
Pettis has struggled of late, losing three of his last four Octagon appearances. Most recently, he suffered a decision defeat to Rob Font in the aforementioned 135-pound clash. Pettis’ lone win during that slump is quite notable, however, as he took a split verdict over Joseph Benavidez at UFC 225.
After scoring a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series, Perez has been victorious in four of his five promotional outings, losing only to Benavidez at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale. The 27-year-old Team Oyama representative is coming off a three-round verdict over Mark De La Rosa at UFC on ESPN 2.
Reneau will attempt to halt a two-bout skid after dropping consecutive decisions against Cat Zingano and Yana Kunitskaya. Aldana, meanwhile, had a three-fight winning streak snapped at UFC on ESPN 4, where she suffered a split-decision loss to Raquel Pennington.
Craig last appeared at UFC on ESPN 3, where he was knocked out in the opening stanza Alonzo Menifield to fall to 3-4 during his promotional tenure. Moreira is still seeking his first UFC triumph after suffering consecutive first-round stoppage losses to Menifield and Eryk Anders.