Ex-UFC fighter Erik Perez signs with Combate Americas

Former UFC bantamweight Erik Perez has signed an exclusive, multi-year contract with Combate Americas and is expected to make his debut in January, it was announced today.

“We are thrilled to welcome ‘Goyito’ Pérez, the top Mexican fighter in the sport of MMA, and look forward to having him compete in La Jaula,” Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said in a statement.

The 27-year-old “Goyito” (17-6), fighting out of Monterrey, Mexico, hasn’t competed this year because of a knee injury. He went 7-2 during a four-year stint with the UFC, including wins in his last three fights. Most recently, Perez won by split decision over Felipe Arantes at UFC Fight Night 98 in November of 2016.

Perez was the first Mexican-born competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter,” taking part in the reality series’ 15th season in 2012. He willingly left the UFC to sign with Combate Americas.

Pérez has been serving as a color commentator on Combate Americas’ live telecasts since the first Hispanic-based promotion made its debut in January, and he will continue in that role. Perez will be on the call for the one-night Copa Combante tournament being held Nov. 11 in Cancun, Mexico.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Daniel Cormier, John Gooden on the call for Saturday's UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event will feature a rare broadcast duo.

UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will team up with European-event regular John Gooden to call the action, officials announced on Tuesday.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card, including the Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) vs. Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) middleweight headliner, airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier will handle color commentary while Gooden handles play-by-play.

Cormier recently provided some early insight on the featured bout (via Twitter):

Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian will be the Los Angeles studio team for weigh-in, pre-fight and post-fight coverage. Heidi Androl will be on site for additional coverage. (Victor Davila and Erik Perez are cageside and on the call for the FOX Deportes broadcast.)

FS1 hosts a pre-event show (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) and post-event show (immediately following the main event) on Saturday. The coverage of the ceremonial weigh-ins kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

MMAjunkie will also be on scene in Sao Paulo with coverage throughout fight week.

The full UFC Fight Night 119 lineup and broadcast schedule include:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm

For more on UFC Fight Night 119 check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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