After an absence of nearly five years—1988 days, to be exact—Alex Reyes is getting ready to get back in the octagon. In the upcoming event, UFC Fight Night 220, he is scheduled to compete against Trevor Peek.
Back in 2017, Reyes made his UFC debut against Mike Perry, a fight he lost. After the fight, Reyes stated that it was the most difficult bout he had ever fought in his mixed martial arts career.
During the course of his career as a professional mixed martial artist, The Executioner has competed in the octagon 16 times. Out of those 16 bouts, he has won 13 and suffered 3 defeats. After suffering the loss to Mike Perry, he was preparing himself to get back into form for the match against Nasrat Haqparast in March of 2018. The MMA fighter, who was 32 years old at the time, had no idea that his career would be put on hold for a while.
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He was forced to back out of the fight he had been training for because of a health problem. The injection of stem cells into his body resulted in a spinal infection, which put him in a critical stage as a fighter. The medical staff has determined that it is highly unlikely that Reyes will ever be able to walk normally again, let alone compete in the octagon.
Over the course of the last four years, Reyes has faced a lot of challenges. He had spent his entire life preparing to fight inside of an octagon, but now everything was about fighting outside of the octagon, and he was not prepared for it.
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The good news is that Alex Reyes is very close to making a comeback, as he is scheduled to face a fighter who is making his UFC debut in the month of February. Trevor Peek.