In UFC Fight Night 27’s second bout, Takeya Mizugaki showed his polish, making adjustments after a rough first round which would carry him to a memorable victory — while Erik Perez showed his heart, avoiding a third round finish.

The bout began at a frantic pace, with both men landing power shots. But the pace would favor the youthful Perez who out-landed the Japanese veteran through the stanza.

The pace slowed in the second, which favored Mizuagaki. After defending a Perez takedown attempt, Mizugaki timed a nice knee to the body. He continued counter-punching, landing a hard left hook and then a clean right hand to counter a Perez front kick. At round’s end, he had turned the tide.

Mizugaki continued to out-land Perez in the third. The two exchanged takedowns as the round wore on, but the groundwork went nowhere. Then, Mizugaki scored another takedown, and secured a rear naked choke in an ensuing scramble — prompting commentator Kenny Florian to pronounce the bout over — but Perez somehow escaped and slipped away. The two traded punches until the final bell.

At UFC Fight Night 27, Takeya Mizugaki defeated Erik Perez by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).