Markus Perez
Maluko

Brazil

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 7/20/2019
Off Greenville card
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 16, 2019
Perez will no longer face Deron Winn at UFC Greenville on June 23 following his withdrawal for undisclosed reasons, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez had been looking to surpass the .500 mark after going 2-2 in his first four appearances with the company, but those plans will be put on hold temporarily for the 28-year-old. Newcomer Bruno Silva will step in to face Winn in his stead.
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To welcome UFC newcomer in Greenville
MiddleweightUFC
Out
April 18, 2019
Perez will take on Deron Winn in a middleweight matchup at UFC Greenville on June 22, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez has split wins and losses since entering the UFC, as he owns two wins by submission and two losses via unanimous decision. He'll now welcome Winn to the Octagon, who got the attention of UFC brass following a win over former UFC fighter Tom Lawlor under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions. Perez will be the much taller man entering the cage, in addition to owning a slight reach advantage. Winn is a wrestler by trade, but Perez owns an impressive 81 percent takedown defense.
Submits Herandez with slick Anaconda Choke
MiddleweightUFC
Out
February 2, 2019
Perez defeated Anthony Hernandez via submission (Anaconda Choke) at 1:07 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Perez looked to grapple from the start of this fight. He was working hard for takedowns but wasn't finding much success. He did land some big strikes in the first round that bloodied Herandez's face. In the second, Perez landed a kick to the midsection of Hernandez which clearly hurt Hernandez. From there, "Maluko" tried to lock in a rear-naked choke. Hernandez did a good job defending, but Perez switched to an Anaconda Choke which resulted in a tap from Hernandez.
Bout with Hernandez rescheduled
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 13, 2018
Perez's middleweight bout against Anthony Hernandez has been moved to UFC on ESPN+ on February 2, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez and Hernandez were originally scheduled to square off at UFC 223 in Anaheim in late January, but the event was canceled. The fighters will now have an extra week to prepare while the location shifts to Brazil. Perez boasts an impressive 10-2 overall record in MMA, but he will have his hands full come February against the undefeated Hernandez (7-0).
Paired against Anthony Hernandez
MiddleweightUFC
Out
November 30, 2018
Perez will take on Anthony Hernandez (suspension) at UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez had a 9-0 professional record before joining the UFC in 2017, but has gone just 1-2 since his move. He most recently lost by unanimous decision against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 135 in August. HIs opponent, Hernandez, burst onto the scene by knocking out Jordan Wright in just 40 seconds at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in June, but that result was changed to a no contest after Hernandez tested positive for marijuana, earning him a six-month ban.
Drops competitive decision to Andrew Sanchez in Lincoln
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 25, 2018
Perez was defeated by Andrew Sanchez via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Lincoln on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This was a competitive fight but it took Perez awhile to get going. He was pressured by Sanchez and "El Dirte" gave him no room to get loose with his spinning kicks and backfists. In the second round Perez was often able to land body kicks and it showed from the redness on the side of Sanchez's body. In the third round Perez got sloppy with his attacks and missed wildly with spinning elbows and backfists. Sanchez was able to out-strike him in the third route en route to the unanimous decision victory.