Érik Pérez

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Érik Pérez
BornÉrik Gregorio Pérez Ruvalcaba[1][2]
(1989-11-19) November 19, 1989 (age 29)
Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico[1][2]
Other namesGoyito
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight136 lb (62 kg; 9 st 10 lb)
Reach68.0 in (173 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofSan Diego, California, United States
TeamAlliance MMA
Years active2008 - present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission7
By decision6
By submission2
By decision4
Notable relativesIván Pérez (brother)[4][5]
Jair Pérez (brother)[4][5]
Jorge Pérez (brother)[4][5]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Érik Gregorio "Goyito" Pérez Ruvalcaba (born November 19, 1989)[1][2] is a Mexican mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Combate Americas promotion. A professional competitor since 2008, he has competed for Shark Fights and BAMMA.

Personal life[edit]

Érik Pérez was born in México. Pérez grew from a family of sportsmen; his older brother Jorge Pérez is a professional boxer, while his brothers Iván Pérez, and Jair Pérez both are fellow mixed martial artists. Érik, Iván, and Jair all three fought together in Combate Americas.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Upon his permanent move to United States, Érik Pérez established a full-time training camp at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[6] Érik Pérez is managed by VFD Sports Marketing

Pérez faced John Albert on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale replacing Byron Bloodworth who was removed from the bout.[7] Pérez won the fight via controversial armbar submission as Albert did not appear to verbally submit or tap out but the fight was stopped by referee Kim Winslow.

Pérez next faced Ken Stone on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[8] He won via first round KO in 17 seconds. With this win, Pérez obtained the fastest Bantamweight knockout in UFC and WEC Bantamweight history, beating Damacio Page's 18-second KO over Marcos Galvao.

Pérez fought Byron Bloodworth on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[9] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Pérez was expected to face Johnny Bedford on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[10] However, Pérez pulled out of the bout just days before the event citing an injury and was replaced by Bryan Caraway.[11]

Pérez faced Takeya Mizugaki on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27[12] He lost the fight via split decision.[13]

Pérez next faced Edwin Figueroa at UFC 167.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Pérez faced Bryan Caraway on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[15] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.

Pérez was expected to face Marcus Brimage on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180.[16] However, Pérez pulled out of the bout in mid-October citing a shoulder injury.[17]

Pérez was briefly linked to a fight with Damian Stasiak on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[18] However, Stasiak was removed from the bout and replaced by Taylor Lapilus.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Pérez next faced Francisco Rivera on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[21] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Pérez faced Felipe Arantes on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.[23] He was awarded a split decision victory.[24] Perez signed with Combate Americas on October 31, 2017 after fighting out his contract with the UFC.[25]

Combate Americas[edit]

After being released by the UFC, finishing his contract and not being resigned by the promotion, Erik signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with Combate Americas.[26]

On March 15, it was announced that Pérez would be fighting against top-ranked fighter in Texas, David "DJ" Fuentes.[27] The fight took place on April 20, and Erik won the fight by knockout.[28]

Pérez was expected to headline Combate Americas Mexico vs. USA against John Castaneda on October 13, 2018, but the bout was postponed to a later date because Castaneda caught staph infection.[29][30]


Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fastest knockout in bantamweight history (0:17)
    • Second best takedown accuracy in bantamweight history (55.9%)
    • Tenth best significant strike defense in bantamweight history (66.7%)
    • Sixth most strikes landed in bantamweight history (666)
    • Ranked eighth for least strikes absorbed per minute in bantamweight history (2.09)
    • Fourth most takedowns landed in bantamweight history (19)[32]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 18 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 0
By submission 7 2
By decision 6 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–6 David Fuentes KO (punches) Combate Americas - Combate Estrellas 2 April 20, 2018 3 1:22 Monterrey, Nuevo León
Win 17–6 Felipe Arantes Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson November 5, 2016 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 16–6 Francisco Rivera Decision (unanimous) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 15–6 Taylor Lapilus Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum November 21, 2015 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Loss 14–6 Bryan Caraway Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov June 7, 2014 2 1:52 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 14–5 Edwin Figueroa Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–5 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 13–4 Byron Bloodworth TKO (punches) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 1 3:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Ken Stone KO (punch) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 1 0:17 Denver, Colorado, United States Fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history
Win 11–4 John Albert Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale June 1, 2012 1 4:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Paul McVeigh Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 8 December 10, 2011 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 9–4 James Brum Submission (rear-naked choke) BAMMA 7 September 10, 2011 1 3:31 Birmingham, England Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Win 8–4 Douglas Frey Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 July 15, 2011 3 5:00 Frisco, Texas, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Win 7–4 Jesse Thorton Submission (rear-naked choke) STFC 15: Nature of the Beast April 15, 2011 2 2:34 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 6–4 France Atala Submission (rear-naked choke) Triple A Promotions March 12, 2011 1 1:53 Laredo, Texas, United States
Loss 5–4 Jason Sampson Decision (split) STFC: 9/3/10 September 3, 2010 3 5:00 McAllen, Texas, United States
Loss 5–3 David Fuentes Submission (armbar) STFC 11: Night of Champions May 28, 2010 3 3:01 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 5–2 Jeremiah Castillo Submission (armbar) SCA: Duke City Fall Brawl 2 November 25, 2009 1 2:23 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 4–2 Fabian Jacquez Submission (rear-naked choke) DCMMAS: Duke City MMA Series 2 July 25, 2009 1 0:55 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 3–2 Albert Martinez TKO (punches) STFC 6: Evolution April 11, 2009 1 2:17 Odessa, Texas, United States
Win 2–2 Sabino Becerra Submission (triangle choke) STFC 4: Fuentes vs. King November 1, 2008 1 3:29 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 1–2 Josh Scales TKO (punches) STFC 3: War Zone August 2, 2008 1 1:09 McAllen, Texas, United States
Loss 0–2 Alfredo Morales Decision (split) Warriors Fighting Championship June 28, 2008 3 3:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Loss 0–1 Tim Snyder Decision (split) STFC 2: Aftershock May 3, 2008 3 N/A Edinburg, Texas, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Erik "Goyito" Pérez nos comparte de su vida". Fitness Monterrey. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Reconocen a Erik 'Goyito' Pérez, peleador de la UFC". INFO7. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d ""Goyito" Pérez salió de Guadalupe, Nuevo León a conquistar el MMA". Vice Sports. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "'Goyito' Pérez pronostica que su hermano menor, Jair, será campeón del mundo". Hoy. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Erik "El Goyito" Perez – The Journey From Monterrey to MMA's UFC 150". Southwest Fight News. Aug 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Newcomer Erik Perez Steps In at TUF Live Finale". MMAWeekly.com. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ken Stone meets Erik Perez in bantamweight bout at UFC 150 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. July 14, 2012.
  9. ^ Dann Stupp (October 22, 2012). "Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth added to UFC 155 in December". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Dann Stupp (March 6, 2013). "Unbeaten 135-pounders Johnny Bedford and Erik Perez meet at UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Staff (2013-04-22). "Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-06-11). "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez set for UFC on Fox Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  13. ^ Regresa Erik "Goyito" Pérez a las Artes Marciales Mixtas 26 August 2013
  14. ^ Tristan Critchfield (2013-09-16). "Erik Perez-Edwin Figueroa Bantamweight Clash Targeted for UFC 167 in Las Vegas". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-07). "Bryan Caraway vs. Erik Perez slated for UFC Fight Night 43 in Albuquerque". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  16. ^ Mookie Alexander (2014-08-26). "Lamas vs. Bermudez, Ellenberger vs. Gastelum among four fights confirmed for UFC 180". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-10-10). "Erik Perez injured, out of UFC 180 fight with Marcus Brimage". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  18. ^ Luke Thomas (2015-08-18). "Erik Perez returns after injury layoff against Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 78". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  19. ^ NickUFC (2015-10-15). "Taylor Lapilus replaces injured Damian Stasiak, faces Erik Perez in Mexico". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-11-21). "UFC Fight Night 78 results: Emotional Erik Perez tops Taylor Lapilus in front of home fans". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-05-24). "Bantamweights Erik Perez, Francisco Rivera to clash at UFC 201". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  22. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-30). "UFC 201 results: Erik Perez tops Francisco Rivera by decision in unusual brawl". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  23. ^ Staff (2016-09-13). "Erik Perez vs. Felipe Arantes slated for UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-05). "UFC Fight Night 98 results: Erik Perez survives submission attempt, takes split from Felipe Arantes". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  25. ^ Sherdog.com. "After 7-2 UFC Stint, Erik Perez Signs Multi-Year Deal with Combate Americas". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  26. ^ Helwani, Ariel (2017-10-31). "Erik Pérez signs with Combate Americas". MMA Fighting. MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  27. ^ Segura, Danny (2018-03-15). "'Goyito' Perez set to make Combate Americas debut in April at Combate Estrellas 2". MMA Fighting. MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  28. ^ Gonzalez, Gabriel (2018-04-21). "Combate Estrellas 2 Results: Goyito Wins Big in Monterrey". Cageside Press. CagesidePress.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  29. ^ Jesse Holland (September 18, 2018). "Erik Perez vs John Castaneda headlines Combate Americas 'Mexico vs USA' on Oct. 13 in Tucson". mmamania.com.
  30. ^ Guilherme Cruz (October 9, 2018). "Erik Perez out of Combate Americas 24 main event as opponent deals with staph infection". mmafighting.com.
  31. ^ Jose Youngs (October 19, 2018). "Érik 'El Goyito' Pérez vs. Andres Ayala to headline Combate Americas card on Nov. 17". mmafighting.com.
  32. ^ "Fighter Stats". Fight Metric. Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-05-21.

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