Markus Perez
Maluko

Brazil

Can't get offense going
MiddleweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Perez lost to Dalcha Lungiambula via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Perez stayed alive early despite a near-instant charge from Lungiambula, who threw strikes to ultimately set up a takedown. Perez fought from his back, however, initially setting up a guillotine but continuing to throw up submissions after giving that up. None were successful, but while the two worked back to the feet, Perez threatened with a d'arce choke. Even though the submissions didn't click, Perez managed to drain the gas tank of his opponent heading into Round 2. Clearly looking to take advantage of Lungiambula's apparent cardio deficiency, Perez went to the body with power shots in Round 2. He ate a big shot of his own, but grabbed an arm on the way down, eventually transitioning to a kimura. Lungiambula proved to be too strong, and the second round ultimately played out similar to the first with Perez largely on his back. Lungiambula did start to connect with ground-and-pound towards the end that opened up a noteworthy cut. Perez spent much of the third round in the clinch and working for a takedown, but Lungiambula's defense held up. While Perez didn't take much more damage, he was unable to generate any offense of significance until the final seconds. It was too little, too late.
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Stepping in for January fight
MiddleweightUFC
January 1, 2021
Perez will take on Dalcha Lungiambula in a middleweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez will step in with just under three weeks' notice after Ike Fitikefu was forced to withdraw from the scheduled fight for an undisclosed reason. Perez will attempt to bounce back after losing to Dricus Du Plessis via KO (punch) in October, the first KO defeat of his career. Lungiambula hasn't fought in over a year, most recently losing to Magomed Ankalaev via KO (Front Kick) in November of 2019. Perez has an advantage in height, but Lungiambula has an edge in reach.
Suffers first career KO defeat
MiddleweightUFC
October 10, 2020
Perez lost to Dricus Du Plessis via KO (punch) at 3:22 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel bad for Perez. Needing a victory to remain somewhat relevant at 185 pounds, he ends up having to face a stud prospect in Du Plessis after his original opponent Rodolfo Vieira was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons. Perez had never been stopped via strikes in his seven-plus year MMA career prior to Saturday, but all it took was one short uppercut from Du Plessis to turn his lights out. Now 30 years old, Perez is 2-4 in his first half-dozen UFC bouts.
Gets new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
September 24, 2020
Perez will now face Dricus Du Plessis at the UFC event October 10, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez's original opponent, Rodolfo Vieira, had to withdraw earlier this week for an undisclosed reason. Perez will now get a middleweight fighter making his first UFC appearance with a career 14-2 MMA record.
Opponent withdraws with injury
MiddleweightUFC
September 21, 2020
Perez will need a new opponent after Rodolfo Vieira had to withdraw from their October 10 bout with an undisclosed injury, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC will have a couple week to find a new opponent to keep Perez on the October 10 card. The Brazilian will be fighting for the first time since November 2019 when he lost via unanimous decision to Wellington Turman.
Books Oct. 10 fight with Vieira
MiddleweightUFC
August 4, 2020
Perez (12-3-0) is scheduled to face Rodolfo Vieira (7-0-0) in a middleweight fight Oct. 10 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez will return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2019 after he had his last two scheduled fights cancelled. The 30-year-old Brazilian has gone 2-2 over his past four appearances, with his victories coming over James Bochnovic and Anthony Hernandez via submission.