Boxers looking for fights

Fighters looking for fights?

EFP releases website designed to assist fighters, coaches and managers to find fights. The site www.explosivefights.com has a simple concept. With fighters constantly looking for fights this website can serve as a go to spot to easily “bid” for a fight. After a very easy sign up a fighter can login and bid. After the bid is submitted a member of the promotion will contact them and continue the process as is typically done. “It’s an easy to use tool for fighters, coaches and managers to reach promotions and get fights booked quickly and efficiently,” said  EFP Spokesperson Alicea McMichael. “This will provide another resource to help fill fight cards and improve both the fighter and customer experience at boxing Events.”

The website has the ability to feature Pro Boxing, Amateur Boxing and Kickboxing Events.

 

 

Dana White, UFC Fighters Rush to Support Keaton Jones, Whose Bullying Video Went Viral

A young boy named Keaton Jones took the attention of the United States by storm when his video on bullying went viral over the weekend. 

It was a very personal video, Jones wearing his heart on his sleeve as recounted his experience with bullying and how devastating it was. 

Numerous celebrities came out of the woodwork to show support for Jones. Among the supporters was UFC president Dana White, who invited Jones to UFC Headquarters in Las Vegas, as well as a number of fighters. 

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ONE Warriors of the World Fight Highlights: Alex Silva Shocks the World!

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Alex Silva surprised nearly everyone as he got the better of Yoshitaka Naito to capture the ONE strawweight title on Saturday in Bangkok.

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Trading Shots: Dana White isn't mad at Georges St-Pierre, but what about fans?

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Did Georges St-Pierre do a disservice to fans, fellow fighters, or the UFC when he relinquished his middleweight title without a fight? Would the answer change if a less popular fighter pulled the same maneuver? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss in this week’s Trading Shots.

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Fowlkes: Georges St-Pierre is no longer the UFC middleweight champion after a little more than a month with the belt, Danny. And UFC President Dana White? He’s not mad at all. No way. In fact, he knew this would happen.

So when he said just a couple weeks ago that he’d be “super pissed” if it happened? Nah, he didn’t mean it.

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I have a couple questions here. For one, if this was indeed the outcome White expected, that GSP would not even attempt to defend the middleweight title upon winning it, does he deserve some criticism for making the fight in the first place, since this very foreseeable outcome has now disrupted the lineage of the 185-pound championship?

But more importantly, what should fans make of GSP now? He’s got an out in the form of his ulcerative colitis diagnosis, but even before that he didn’t seem thrilled about defending this belt. And if he wanted to wait, get healthy, and then defend, you know the UFC would let him.

Sure seems like he picked the easiest path he could find (which is not to say it was an easy fight) to a second UFC title and a big payday, and then he bolted once he got what he wanted.

If this were almost anyone else who skipped the line, nabbed a belt, and then fled like a thief in the night before the actual contenders could get a crack, seems like MMA fans would be all over them. Why isn’t that happening here? And should it?

Downes: The holidays must have you frazzled, Ben. You’re all over the place today. Let’s try to unpack all these questions one at a time.

As usual, you make an assertion with little evidence. Who says GSP played anyone (other than fans)? I believe White when he says that he saw this coming. As for why he said he’d be “super pissed” in the lead up to the fight, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but promoters lie.

By saying that he’d put the pressure on GSP to defend the middleweight title if he beat Michael Bisping, he avoided a PR problem that would hurt his pay-per-view buys. Even though most of us were skeptical that GSP would defend the belt, there was still the possibility. If White admitted he thought this was going to happen in the build up, it would have overshadowed the entire fight.

As far as the “lineage of the 185-pound championship” is concerned, I think a lot of this relates to our discussion last week. Sanctity might be too strong of a word, but UFC titles don’t have the same weight they once did. They’re thrown around haphazardly like the term “for a limited time only.”

Even the idea of a two-division champion seems blasé now. GSP may not have had his titles in as close succession as Conor McGregor, but his win was still a major accomplishment, even though fans and media welcomed this feat with indifference. Part of that has to do with the disrespect people have for Bisping, but the response was still tepid.

Having said that, I do think fans should be mad at the UFC and GSP. They were sold a bunch of wolf tickets. GSP had no intention of defending the middleweight title, and the UFC knew it. They colluded together to sell PPVs. Even though this is a regular occurrence in the combat-sports world, we should still be outraged when it happens.

What about you? I know you always have room in your heart to hate on the UFC brass, but can you find some room for some GSP anger? A conspiracy to defraud requires two parties. Do you find GSP guilty, or is he too “classy” to be mad at?

Fowlkes: So your theory is that White and GSP had this planned all along, but lied to us about in order to sell PPVs, and now that the money’s all in the bank, the final phase of the plan is to admit that it was all a ruse? Brilliant. Right up there with the villain explaining his whole evil scheme before leaving the hero alone to die in a cave that’s slowly filling up with water.

Here’s the rare instance in which I almost believe White. You know, to an extent. Like, when he says he put Robert Whittaker in GSP’s contract because he knew St-Pierre wouldn’t want to defend the belt after winning it? That I believe. When he says he knew it would go down this way from the very start and now he doesn’t even mind? That I don’t.

If he’d known all that, there would have been no point in trying to pressure GSP with the threat of his rage just a couple weeks ago. And if the plan is to promote him in another one-off money fight whenever he’s healthy enough, it would be pointless to de-promote him now by making him sound like a hit-and-run mercenary who’s scared of the actual middleweights.

What I think is the UFC really wanted GSP to defend this belt but feared he wouldn’t, which is why it tried, in whatever ways available, to ensure that he would. But even if White suspected that St-Pierre might find a way out of it, he didn’t much care because he was too focused on the short-term gain to think about the longterm repercussions. And honestly, that’s been the UFC in a nutshell for the last several years.

As for GSP, the goodwill he’s built up with fans is one reason they’re not coming down hard on him. The colitis excuse is another, since who’s going to tell a fighter that he’s obligated to risk his health any more than he already has for the sake of our entertainment?

There’s also the fact that his win is still so fresh. Contrary to your claims about it being “tepid,” GSP’s win over Bisping might have cemented him as the consensus GOAT of his era, especially when you factor in Anderson Silva’s second doping fail and Fedor Emelianenko’s continued descent into cautionary tale.

St-Pierre came back after four years and choked out the champion in a weight class above his. Now he’s acting like he wants to ride off into the sunset, which is something we can never seem to convince our heroes to do in this sport, so who’s going to demand that he stay and get beat up some more?

Plus, promoters have been getting over on fighters since the dawn of combat sports. There’s something satisfying about seeing it go the other way. And if the UFC doesn’t care about guarding the legitimacy of its titles, why should the fighters feel obligated to do it?

I mean, sure, now Whittaker will never get the chance to truly unify that title. But why is that GSP’s problem? Seems to me he learned the lessons of this business well, and then put them to work for his own interests. Maybe because it’s so uncommon to see a fighter pull that off, I just can’t get mad at him for it.

Downes: You just performed a lot of rhetorical jiu-jitsu to simply say “fighters don’t owe fans anything.” That’s a perfectly fine position to take. One I even support to a certain extent. At the same time, though, you have to acknowledge a graft when you see one.

You’re making the mistake of viewing MMA as a bilateral relationship – one that simply occurs between fighters and promoters. Promoters exploit fighters, so seeing a fighter “getting over” on a promoter is a welcome change to you.

What you forget is that MMA is what the French-Canadians would call a “ménage à trois.” A “household of three” if you will. And within this household, there are certain agreements that are agreed upon. Thomas Hobbes would refer to it as a social contract. Chief among these agreements is that you don’t defraud fans of their money.

I draw a line between embellishments/exaggerations and straight-up lies. GSP entered into his agreement with the public in bad faith. We all understand why he chose Bisping. We all know why he wants to take some time off (colitis aside). Just because we understand all these things doesn’t mean he should get a pass.

I agree he’s built goodwill up through the years, and that accounts for the lack of outrage. I would also argue that indifference is a major contributor too. Hardcore fans are so inundated with content that it’s difficult for them to focus on any one fighter when there’s an event every week. Casual fans who care about big names like GSP are indifferent to the day-to-day operations of the UFC, so they couldn’t care less about the middleweight title implications.

I guess I’m surprised at how nonchalant you seem to be about the whole ordeal. You’re always looking for something to be outraged by, yet you seem unfazed. Scam is too strong of a term, but can’t you admit that we were sold a bill of goods?

As far as MMA scandals are concerned, GSP getting a title shot and dropping it immediately is a minor one. I mean, it’s not like he’s refusing to defend his belt to go fight Miguel Cotto. At the same time, giving him (and the UFC) a total pass will embolden this type of behavior even more.

The next time St-Pierre makes a promise to fans, we should be more skeptical. We should distrust all future statements a little more than we did a few moths ago. And he just can’t get mad at us for it.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Danny Downes, a retired UFC and WEC fighter, is an MMAjunkie contributor who has also written for UFC.com and UFC 360. Follow them on twitter at @benfowlkesMMA and @dannyboydownes.

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LFA Kicks Off 2018 with a Triple Decker in January

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced the promotion will kick off 2018 with a 1-2-3 punch in January with a trio of star-studded shows in California, Arizona, and Louisiana. 

The main event of LFA 30 will feature the long-awaited clash between southern California kingpins and top LFA welterweights “Curtious” Curtis Millender and Nick “The Phoenix” Barnes. LFA 30 – Millender vs. Barnes takes place Friday, January 12th at Costa Mesa Hall at  OC Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, California.

The following week, LFA heads to Arizona with a fierce interim featherweight title fight in the Valley of the Sun. In the main event, former RFA title challenger and BJJ black belt Bobby “The Wolfman” Moffett battles knockout sensation Thanh Le for the LFA interim featherweight title. LFA 31 – Moffett vs. Le takes place Friday, January 19th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

LFA caps the month of January with a pair of title fights in southern Louisiana. In the main event, former LFA title challenger Brendan “All In” Allen faces top undefeated prospect Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez for the vacant LFA middleweight title. In the co-headliner, red-hot Ryan “Superman” Spann will lock horns with UFC vet Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson for the inaugural LFA light-heavyweight title. LFA 32 – Allen vs. Hernandez takes place Friday, January 26th at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The entire main card of all three of these events will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

LFA 30 Millender vs Barnes Fight Poster“I’m excited to kick off 2018 with three straight weeks of LFA action across the country”, stated Soares. “Curtis Millender and Nick Barnes are coming off big wins in LFA headliners and will meet in the main event of LFA 30 in southern California on January 12th. The following week, we head to Arizona with top contenders Bobby Moffett and Thanh Le meeting for the interim featherweight title in the main event LFA 31. We finish the month with two title fights at LFA 32 in southern Louisiana. Brendan Allen faces Anthony Hernandez for the vacant middleweight title in the main event and Ryan Spann will take on Alex Nicholson for the inaugural light-heavyweight title in the co-headliner.”

Millender (13-3) returns home to the building where he fought and won his first seven fights. The Orange County juggernaut is looking to build off a perfect 2017 where he won three fights, including back-to-back LFA headliners. His most recent win came via highlight reel Head Kick KO in the main event of LFA 24. Millender will meet Barnes (12-2) in a long-awaited showdown between two of southern California’s finest. The welterweight stars started their careers in the southern California regional circuit, moved on to Bellator, and will finally meet in the main event of LFA 30. Barnes, like Millender, is coming off an impressive win in an LFA headliner.

LFA 31 Moffett vs Le Fight PosterThe main event of LFA 31 is a fight that casual fans and MMA purists alike are salivating over. It pits a rugged and accomplished BJJ black belt in Moffett (10-2) against one of the most dynamic strikers in all of MMA in Le (7-1) with the LFA interim featherweight title on the line. On paper, this is a textbook grappler vs. striker bout at its highest form. However, both men bring so much more to the table than what their respective martial arts backgrounds represent. Moffett, who trains out of The MMA Lab, has shown a willingness to throw down with anyone, while Le trains with BJJ wunderkind and UFC star Ryan Hall in northern Virginia.

LFA will conclude its busy month of January with a pair of title tilts in southern Louisiana. LFA standout and Louisiana native Allen (8-2) will get a second shot at LFA gold after going five rounds with current UFC star Eryk Anders for the inaugural LFA middleweight title in June. Allen quickly rebounded six weeks later with a submission win in the co-main event of LFA 18. He will face another highly-touted undefeated prospect for the title. This time it comes in the form of the northern California destroyer Hernandez (5-0). The man known as “Fluffy” has finished everyone he has faced inside the first round.

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LFA 32 Allen vs Hernandez Fight PosterThe co-main event of LFA 32 will crown the inaugural LFA light-heavyweight champion. Spann (12-5) is a former Legacy FC title challenger that will look to capture LFA gold in front of his home crowd. “Superman” is riding considerable momentum heading into this fight after dispatching a pair of top contenders in the first round of his last two bouts at LFA 23 and LFA 27. He will face Nicholson (10-4) who has been a man on fire since his four-fight run with the UFC ended in May. The Florida native has been a tour de force since then as he looks to make his way back. In the past two months, “The Spartan” has knocked out three quality opponents in grand total of 3 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Bellator 190 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s Bellator 190 event in Florence, Italy, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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Alex Perez wasn't happy to have his UFC-Fresno bout moved to 135: 'At least make it a catchweight'

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FRESNO, Calif. – UFC newcomer Alex Perez made sure to enter his new home on the right foot after cruising past Carls John de Tomas en route to a second-round choke at UFC Fight Night 123.

As far as coming out victorious of the bantamweight bout in his backyard goes, Perez (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is on cloud nine. But here’s the thing: Perez is a flyweight. And, after taking steps to make sure he hit the 125-pound mark on the scale, that’s the division in which he expected to meet de Tomas (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday.

On Thursday, though, that changed. Upon hearing of de Tomas’ issues getting the weight down, the UFC and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) thought it would be best to move the fight up a class. After Perez signed off on it, the decision was made official.

Perez said he was basically given two options: “Either fight, or don’t get paid.” And considering a 10-week camp had gone into it, he went with the first choice. But he wasn’t exactly happy about it.

“I was kind of mad,” Perez told MMAjunkie backstage at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. “ CSAC doesn’t know how much it costs to get a nutritionist. I pay a nutritionist to help me get down the weight. That’s money out of my pocket. And then to tell me the week of that he can’t make it? They need to do a better job at checking.

“I came in at at 139 (pounds). The morning they told me, I was 137. An 11-pound cut to 125 does nothing – still eating three to four times a day, drinking a gallon, a gallon-and-a-half of water. They’re punishing the guy that did their job, and I felt like it was unfair. I didn’t get no percentage to move to a weight class up. He came in a lot bigger than me. I came in at 143, (and) we ate a lot last night.”

This year, the CSAC approved a 10-point plan that aims to discourage extreme weigh-cutting. This includes monitoring the fighters’ weight ahead of fight week.

When he confirmed the division switch to MMAjunkie, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said both the promotion and the commission felt it was “in the best interest of the athletes.”

Novitzky didn’t disclose the weight de Tomas was by the time they made the call. It was the fighter’s second time dealing with weight issues: in June, he came in at 131 pounds for a UFC Fight Night 111 flyweight meeting.

The idea of the plan is, of course, to preserve the fighters’ safety. But Perez said that there was one person whose health didn’t seem to have been taken into account on Saturday.

“It felt like they weren’t worried about my safety,” Perez said. “They were worried about the other guy’s safety, but they weren’t worried about my safety. I could have got really hurt if the guy were to connect or something. He might have come in above 160. Who knows? …

“I don’t think it was fair. At least make it a catchweight. I did my work outside of camp, and I got down. It’s not my fault that he got sick. Whatever happened on him, that’s on him. I didn’t get nothing out of it. The guy actually got something out of it: He actually got to be healthy.”

In any case, the size difference was no issue when Perez sunk in the fight-ending D’Arce choke. At 25, he continued to impress after the submission that caught the UFC rresident’s eye at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 back in August.

All in all, fight-week stress aside, Perez is in a good place.

“It’s amazing,” Perez said. “It was destined to be. I got signed, also them having a show in Fresno. It couldn’t be any better.”

To hear more from Perez, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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With fear of being cut, Andre Soukhamthath 'took matters into my own hands' at UFC-Fresno

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FRESNO, Calif. – Andre Soukhamthath wasn’t going to give up his UFC roster spot easily, and he ensured at least one more octagon appearance with a crucial victory on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123.

Soukhamthath’s (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) UFC start was a nightmare scenario. He lost back-to-back split decisions in fights that could have easily gone his direction. He admitted he feared a release was just around the corner, but then opportunity came knocking.

Less than two weeks out from UFC Fight Night 123, which took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, Bryan Caraway suffered an injury, and Soukhamthath was slid in as the short-notice replacement against Luke Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Although Soukhamthath was a sizable underdog, he found a way to get the win by second-round TKO over a 3-1 favorite.

“I took this fight on two weeks’ notice, and I knew he had a full camp,” Soukhamthath told MMAjunkie post-fight. “Me and my coaches knew he was planning on coming out hard, and he did. But I know how tough I am and how good my chin is and how good my wrestling defense is. I just weathered the storm, and I literally put all my energy into one punch, and it worked.”

Soukhamthath said he’s “extremely blessed” to get a third UFC showing after the disappointment of his first two. Split-decision losses to Alejandro Perez and Albert Morales as UFC Fight Night 114 and UFC 209 should have gone his way, but that wasn’t the case, he said.

Soukhamthath easily could have sat around and prayed the UFC gave him a third shot, perhaps in a favorable matchup, but instead he decided to take control of his own fate. He jumped at the chance to fight on short notice and said there was no one who could prevent him from achieving his goal.

Now that he’s in the UFC win column, Soukhamthath said he wants to keep the balling rolling. UFC fight cards are full for the next months, but if Soukhamthath can get booked quickly, or another replacement opportunity comes up, he said he would be all over it.

“The past is the past,” he said. “I saw an opportunity to take this fight on short notice. I would rather take matters into my own hands. Rather than (having UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and the UFC cutting me after two losses, I took this opportunity and saved myself. I think I did that. I think I saved my job.”

“I already missed Thanksgiving,” Soukhamthath added. “I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s, too. Put me in there in January. I’m in.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Unbeaten Trevin Giles never wants to go to the judges in the UFC after Fresno win

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FRESNO, Calif. – Trevin Giles stayed perfect in his pro career on Saturday night – mostly.

His record is unblemished, but with 11 wins he has 10 stoppages – and it sounds like the one time he had to go the distance still eats at him a little bit.

“I’m progressing well – 11-0 now,” Giles told MMAjunkie after his UFC Fight Night 123 win Saturday night. “I’m finishing people. That’s what I do. I’ve only had one decision in my professional career, and I plan on having no decisions in the UFC. Hopefully I can keep this rolling.”

Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) opened up the card with a third-round TKO win over Antonio Braga Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims, including Giles’ win, on UFC Fight Pass.

Giles’ boxing was on point all night, and it paid off in the third round when he drilled Neto with a pair of right hands that put him on the canvas and forced referee Frank Trigg to step in to shut things down.

Giles did have to work through some adversity in the first round, though, when Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Neto took him down. But Neto couldn’t get the fight back into his wheelhouse in the second or third rounds, and his return after three and a half years away was a disappointing one.

“I popped him with (the jab) a couple times and he wasn’t really adjusting,” Giles said. “I missed a couple of them, but as he got tired his arms stayed a little more wide and that lane was open all day. I knew I’d be able to land that jab over and over and over. If it’s working, I’m not going to change it till it stops working. Eventually I got to throw that right in there (to end it).”

Giles said he’d love to get on the UFC’s card in Austin in the new year since he hails from only three hours away in Houston. He likely couldn’t think of a much better spot to try to keep his perfect record intact, and keep after his goal of nothing but stoppage wins in the UFC.

To hear more from Giles, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Check Out Robbie Lawler’s Brutal Finish of Josh Koscheck in His UFC Return (Fight Video)

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In his first fight back in Octagon at UFC 157, Robbie Lawler scored a knockout of the night victory over Josh Koscheck back in 2013. Lawler next faces Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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Alejandro Perez says he's still hungry at bantamweight after win at UFC-Fresno

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FRESNO, Calif. – For the first time in his career, Iuri Alcantara has a losing skid – and he has Alejandro Perez to thank for it.

Perez (19-6-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) outworked Alcantara (35-9 MMA, 9-6 UFC) for a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 123, which took place Saturday at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Perez’s win over Alcantara closed out the UFC Fight Pass portion of the prelims.

Perez said his upset of the veteran Brazilian was one he saw coming.

“I think he was very experienced,” Perez told MMAjunkie through a translator after the fight. “He was calm and relaxed until I connected with him with a couple kicks and hands. It was pretty clear we both did a really good job starting ourselves because he knew what I was trying to bring out here.”

“I knew I connected more, but there’s always that other side of the coin with one or two judges that don’t see the fight the way you did.”

Perez won for the fifth straight time, and that has made him even more excited for what he might be able to accomplish in the bantamweight division.

“It’s been a good roll,” Perez said. “I’m happy. This is the fifth victory in a row, but I’m still hungry and I want even more for my country and for my gym.”

For more from Perez, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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