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UFC 155: What We Learned from Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Erik Perez reacts after defeating Ken Stone (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

Bantamweights collided on the FX portion of UFC 155 when Mexican prospect Erik Perez met Byron Bloodworth in the Octagon.

In dominating fashion, Perez earned a TKO stoppage win over Bloodworth. That moves Perez to 3-0 in the UFC.

Here is what we learned from this fight.

 

What We'll Remember about This Fight

The brilliance of Perez's striking. In the clinch, he worked the body with punches and knees, which was what eventually hurt Bloodworth. Once on the ground, Perez dominated with nasty ground-and-pound.

Another thing we'll remember is how good of a stoppage it was by Kim Winslow. She takes a lot of flak for her work as an official, but that was a perfect stoppage.

 

What We Learned about Erik Perez

Perez has the potential to be a player in the 135-pound division. In all three of his fights in the UFC, he has looked impressive all around.

As the UFC moves into Mexico, Perez will be a valuable asset to market to the Mexican people. He has a fun personality and a dangerous fighting arsenal.

 

What We Learned about Byron Bloodworth

He is not talented enough to fight in the UFC. Bloodworth has not looked good in either of his UFC fights and needs to go back to the drawing board.

 

What's Next for Perez

Perez deserves to be tested after beating three lower-level fighters. Perhaps a meeting with Johnny Bedford, who has lived up to his nickname "Brutal" since entering the UFC, would sort out who moves up the 135-pound ladder and whose stock falls.

 

What's Next for Bloodworth

Bloodworth likely will be cut, at least if it were up to me. If they do give him another fight, putting him the cage against Dustin Pague or Jeff Hougland would be a good "loser leaves town" fight.

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