Ken Stone and Erik Perez pose during the UFC 150 weigh-ins at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Photo Credit: Esther Lin of MMAFighting
In the night's 2nd and final bantamweight fight, Ken Stone (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) fights Jackson's MMA member Erik Perez (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 150. Stone has overcome a sluggish start in his Zuffa career and Perez is riding a 6 fight winning streak. Both fighters are unranked in the SB Nation MMA Consensus Rankings.
It should be a battle of ground specialists, as Stone was a former amateur wrestler and Perez has won 7 of 11 fights by submission, including his last fight. The UFC 150 prelims on FX start at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, and the PPV broadcast begins at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Stone: 29 years old | 5'8" | 71" reach
Perez: 22 years old | 5'8" | 68" reach
What have these two done recently?
Stone: W - Dustin Pague (SD) | W - Donny Walker (SUB) | L - Scott Jorgensen (KO)
Perez: W - John Albert (T. SUB) | W - Paul McVeigh (UD) | W - James Brum (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Stone was thrown to the wolves in his first two fights under the Zuffa banner. He was on the wrong end of a rare slam KO against former WEC Bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland, and then went to the UFC and was knocked out from full guard against Scott Jorgensen. With his back against the wall he made quick work of Donny Walker and recorded a gutsy split decision win over short-notice replacement Dustin Pague at UFC on FX 4.
"El Goyito" had a lot of hard luck in the regional circuit. Three of his four career losses came by split decision, and the latest one put his record at 5-4. Perez rattled off five consecutive victories including three submissions, and got his UFC shot against John Albert on the season finale of TUF 15. Despite being an underdog, Perez latched an armbar on Albert, but the bout ended in controversy when referee Kim Winslow stopped the fight after Albert yelled in discomfort despite never tapping. It shouldn't take away from Perez's impressive showing, and now he's set to make it a 7th win in as many fights.
Why should you care?
Stone is on a decent run and he's looking to add his name into the admittedly shallow pool of bantamweight contenders. Perez is out to prove that his win against John Albert wasn't a ref-induced fluke, and that he can notch the biggest win of his career.
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