Erik Perez is known as one of the bantamweight division's brightest prospects despite a loss in his last bout, and his UFC 167 win over Edwin Figueroa showed why. He mixed in some solid wrestling with heavy hands that dropped Figueroa in the second round to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Figueroa did land some shots here and there, but Perez hit harder. The scores were 30-27 across the board.
Figueroa connected with the first nice combination early in the first round. Perez caught him wit ha low blow reminiscent of his fight with Alex Caceres. After the restart, Perez worked for a takedown but couldn't get it. They went back to striking and both men connected with some stuff before Perez finally got it to the floor. Figueroa escaped but got taken down again. Goyito rode out the round on top.
Perez started off well, scoring with a two-punch combination closed by a huge left hook that dropped Figueroa. He got up and tried to brawl some, but Perez scooped him up and slammed him to the mat. Perez worked from his back, landing punches to the side of the head and controlling him. Figueroa got up and cracked Perez with a winging right. Another landed and Perez got a takedown. Referee Kim Winslow stood them up right as Perez was setting up an arm triangle.
Perez led the final stanza with a nice leg kick. Perez landed another kick right near the cup but Figueroa didn't need a break. Perez quickly scored a takedown and looked for the arm triangle, but couldn't get it. Figueroa eventually got up and they went back to throwing bombs. Figueroa cracked Perez, but got wobbled with the counter just before the horn.