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UFC Fight Night 27: Erik Perez Vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Erik Perez vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Our lone bantamweight contest features a returning Erik Perez (13-4) putting his perfect UFC record on the line against Takeya Mizugaki (17-7-2). Controlling the action will be Gary Copeland.

Round 1: These two are living up to the bantamweight way, firing on all cylinders to start. Mizugaki catches Perez, but the Mexican-born fighter remains upright. Perez stringing his strikes together, and fires off a flying knee. Another right catches Mizugaki flush. Perez with an easy takedown, as he was not challenged at all. The nose of Perez is busted open and blood is pouring out. Another takedown by Perez, who lands a nice knee to the chest as Mizugaki stands up. Mizugaki this time takes Perez down, as the youngster got too wild. Mizugaki to the back, looking for a rear-naked choke. Perez defends and spins.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Perez

Round 2: Mizugaki really showing off his tremendous skill set here, catching Perez with a lot of flush strikes. Big left hook lands by Mizugaki, as Perez tries to counter. Nice defensive sprawl to avoid the takedown from Perez, who seems to be struggling to get in on his opponent. Knee to the head, though, connects by Perez, who goes for another takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 3: Perez is being tested here, and Mizugaki starts the round with a nice left, followed by another. Great striking display being put on by the underdog. Flurry of fists from both fighters, who stand and trade until Mizugaki pushes Perez to the mat. Perez now with a takedown, moves to the back, but can’t land or lock anything in. Mizugaki takes the back and locks in a tight choke, but Perez breaks it and the crowd embraces him for it. Perez gets his own takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)