Many predicted that the UFC Fight Night 27 bantamweight bout between Erik Perez and Takeya Mizugaki was a contender for fight of the night, and those people weren't wrong. The two men battled for the full fifteen minutes, but in the end, it was Mizugaki that picked up the narrow split decision victory. Perez probably won the first, but Mizugaki turned it on in the final two rounds to win his third bout in a row. The loss was Goyito's first in the UFC.
Both men set a blistering pace early, jumping in and other with some heavy punches. Perez landed with a flying knee and was connecting with right hooks. Mizugaki was firing back though. Perez went for a takedown but Mizugaki wouldn't go all the way to his back. Perez showed off some relentless grappling that was frustrating the Japanese fighter. Once they returned to the feet though, Mizugaki got his own big takedown and took the back. Perez escaped, and the grappled against the cage.
As in the first round, both guys got their licks in early. Mizugaki scored with a knee as Perez charged in. Mizugaki was finding a home for his right hand more frequently, while Perez tried a few front kicks and a lot of feints. Goyito looked for a takedown once again, but Mizugaki would only go as far as his knees. A beautiful straight right from Mizugaki lands late, and was probably the hardest shot of the fight to this point.
Mizugaki opened nicely with some counters, but Perez came back with some solid punches. Perez went for the takedown again and the scrambled against the cage for position for a while. Mizugaki used a body lock to drag Perez to the ground. Mizugaki got his back, sunk the hooks, and Perez looked dead to rights in a choke. But he somehow survived. Perez jumped back up and looked for his own takedown yet again, but Mizugaki again fought it off and they held each other for the rest of the fight.