The UFC’s only Mexican-born fighter is currently unbeaten inside the octagon, last seen defeating Byron Bloodworth via TKO at UFC 155. The announcement comes courtesy of his management agency VFD Marketing. Perez spoke up about his goals as a martial artist:
”I’m very proud to fight in the UFC. My goal is to become a champion, and I will work extremely hard in the gym and inside the Octagon to reach it.”
It appears that his hard work is already beginning to pay off, as he is set to make $18,000 to both win and show, a huge number for a UFC bantamweight. Perez will fight next at UFC 159, facing off against former TUF alum Johnny Bedford.
With the contract, Perez cements himself as a mainstay in the 135 lb. arena, looking to eventually face off with division rulers Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao. The lighter weight divisions in the UFC are beginning to fill up with new and exciting talent, and Perez is at the forefront of this movement.
Erik Perez is an extremely humble, talented, and motivated fighter. His record finish of Ken Stone at UFC 150 introduced him to the world in a big way last August. Now, he looks to take his recognition to an all-new level, and this new contract is a huge step towards that goal.