|Born||Érik Gregorio Pérez Ruvalcaba|
November 19, 1989
Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||136 lb (62 kg; 9 st 10 lb)|
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Diego, California, United States|
|Years active||2008 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Iván Pérez (brother)|
Jair Pérez (brother)
Jorge Pérez (brother)
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Érik Gregorio "Goyito" Pérez Ruvalcaba (born November 19, 1989) 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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pérez faced John Albert on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale replacing Byron Bloodworth who was removed from the bout. 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. 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 was briefly linked to a fight with Damian Stasiak on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. However, Stasiak was removed from the bout and replaced by Taylor Lapilus. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Pérez faced Felipe Arantes on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. He was awarded a split decision victory. Perez signed with Combate Americas on October 31, 2017 after fighting out his contract with the UFC.
Pérez is expected to headline Combate Americas event against Andres Ayala on November 17, 2018.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- 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)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||18 wins||6 losses|
|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|
|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|
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- Sherdog.com. "After 7-2 UFC Stint, Erik Perez Signs Multi-Year Deal with Combate Americas". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
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- Jose Youngs (October 19, 2018). "Érik 'El Goyito' Pérez vs. Andres Ayala to headline Combate Americas card on Nov. 17". mmafighting.com.
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