Round 1 - Gary Copeland will be the third man for these bantamweights. Perez kicks high early, but Mizugaki answers back with a combo. And Mizugaki brings some more after a "Goyito" left hand lands. Mizugaki is known for having one of the better chins in the division, something he put on display his first fight in the United States more than four years ago against Miguel Torres. Perez lands a body shot, then a one-two. Then a flying knee is good, and Perez comes right behind it with a left hand. Perez lands a right, then misses a front kick. Mizugaki lands a right hand as Perez comes forward, and shortly thereafter perez bullies the fight to the ground and pushes Mizugaki to the cage with a double-leg. Perez is bleeding from his nose thanks to a punch from Mizugaki. Perez wants a guillotine, but Mizugaki gets to his feet before "Goyito" puts him right back down. Perez is making rather easy work of Mizugaki in terms of ground work. With 75 seconds left, well go back to the feet. But out of nowhere, it's Mizugaki who lands a big double-leg takedown, and then goes after a choke. Perez gets back upright, and he'll land some knees to the body. Mizugaki had the nice takedown, but it's a 10-9 round for Perez on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.
Round 2 - The sweat flies early as both fighters fire off heavy hands. Perez's corner told him he needs to be a little more "tranquilo," or "quiet," in the second. Mizugaki lands a big straight right, then one right behind it in a nice exchange. Perez thinks about a shot, but bails out. Midway through, Perez kicks, but Mizugaki counters with a crisp punch. Solid right hand from Perez hits mostly shoulder, but sounds very crisp. The two trade at the two-minute mark, and a Perez takedown attempt isn't there. Mizugaki lands a big straight right that is well-timed, but Perez lands a knee. It's a close round, with decidedly less action than the first. But MMAjunkie.com will give the second to Mizugaki, 10-9.
Round 3 - Big flurries land for both after a minute, and Mizugaki looks good bringing the fight briefly to the canvas. Mizugaki slowly may be taking over this fight. Perez gets a takedown along the fence. Mizugaki tries to get up, but Perez keeps right on him. He lands a knee with Mizugaki gets back up. They'll tie up and work for position. But then Mizugaki lands a takedown, and Perez is in guard with half a round left in the fight as Mizugaki looks for some punches. Mizugaki takes Perez's back. He's got a rear-naked choke, and it looks good. But "Goyito" escapes and bullies back out. He lands a takedown as Mizugaki looks tired. But Perez still may have some work to do in the final 90 seconds. Back on the feet, the two stay tied up. They fire with a flurry late. And it may be one that steals the round for Mizugaki. MMAjunkie.com thinks he took the final round, 10-9, and the fight 29-28. Takeya Mizugaki defeats Erik Perez by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)