Kevin Peraza should have the momentum coming into this fight. At Fight For It X in February, the Hayastan MMA prospect Peraza earned a unanimous decision victory over Michael Hall, pushing Peraza to a solid 2-2 record. And if Peraza has shown anything in his four fights to date, it’s tenacity to go the distance. Each of his bouts has been decided by judges, a testament to Peraza’s ability to weather storms and come back swinging.
Against, Hall, too, Peraza showed a deadly patience as he sought his openings for the takedown. On the mat, Peraza smothered Hall with top pressure and a barrage of ground and pound that made the judges’ decision an easy one.
Against Dontarious “DT” Mills, Peraza’s gameplan may prove similarly effective. Mills hasn’t taken many fights the distance; only one of his five bouts has gone to the scorecards. Win or lose, the Gym-O trained Mills seems eager for the finish. And while Hall has scored two submission finishes of his own, he’s also fallen victim twice to the guillotine — most recently against Dan O’Neill at Ultimate Battle Grounds 7 in May.
Here, you can expect a clash of talented grapplers — both from dominant gyms — looking to bring the fight to the mat. But unless Mills can find a submission, look for Peraza to take the lead with his smothering ground and pound attacks.
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