Opponent switch: Eryk Anders meets LFA champ Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 123


Eryk Anders will go from fighting one UFC newcomer to another when he makes his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 123.

Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) announced on Sunday that John Phillips (21-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of their scheduled middleweight bout at the December event. He now fights another promotional newcomer and now-former LFA middleweight champion: Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The switch was revealed on Anders’ social media (via Instagram):

“Got a new opponent for #ufcfightnight in #Fresno, Ca. I️ will be welcoming Markus Pérez to the UFC. His style makes for an interesting matchup #punchface”

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Anders made a successful UFC debut in July, when he quickly put away now-retired UFC veteran Rafael Natal with a first-round knockout at UFC on FOX 25. The unbeaten 30-year-old, who won a national title with the University of Alabama football team in 2009, has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage.

He welcomes Perez to the UFC in what will be a battle of unbeatens. The 27-year-old Brazilian last competed at LFA 22 in September, when he earned a first-round submission win over Ian Heinisch to remain undefeated and claim the vacant LFA middleweight title.

The nature of Phillips’ withdrawal from the event is unknown at this time.

The latest UFC Fight Night 123 lineup now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya

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


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