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Erik Perez returns after injury layoff against Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 78

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Mexican national and UFC lightweight Erik Perez's return to the Octagon is official: 'Goyito' will face Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 78, also known as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Latin America 2 Finale, on November 21. The event takes place at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The news was reported first by La Aficion.

Perez, 25, last fought at UFC Fight Night 48 in June of 2014 where he lost to Bryan Caraway via second-round rear naked choke. He was expected to face Marcus Brimage at UFC 180, but was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

Stasiak, 25, is trying to right the ship after dropping his UFC debut in his most-recent fight against Yaotzin Meza at UFC Fight Night 64 in April.

UFC Fight Night 78 is headlined by a welterweight clash between Matt Brown and Kelvin Gastelum.