UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (12-4, MMA) announced on his Twitter account Saturday afternoon that he was returning to the Octagon in Las Vegas on December 29th to face Byron Bloodworth (6-2, MMA).
— Erik Goyito Perez (@Goyito_Perez) October 20, 2012
When MMA Fight Corner’s Heidi Fang asked him who he’s fighting, he replied with Byron Bloodworth.
This will be Perez’s third trip inside the Octagon. He made his UFC debut coming in on two weeks notice as a late replacement for Byron Bloodworth against John Albert at the TUF Live Finale in June. His first win was considered controversial when referee Kim Winslow thought Albert verbally submitted to an armbar Perez was cranking and ended the fight in the first round.
In his second fight, Perez then set a record for the fastest knockout in the UFC’s bantamweight division when he finished Ken Stone in 17 seconds at UFC 150 in August.
The Jackson’s MMA product will now take on Byron Bloodworth who fell short in his bantamweight debut against Mike Easton in October 2011 losing via second round TKO. Now recovered from injury, Bloodworth will look to rebound against Perez and notch his first win in the 135 pound division.
Just today, it was confirmed that the UFC will in fact hold its annual year end fight card in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC Heavyweights Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez II will be the main event on UFC 155’s card in a rematch for the heavyweight title.