FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Mike Perry
By Dan McConnell
What an incredible card we had this past Saturday night, which closed the chapter on the UFC’s Apex events. The promotion is on its way to ‘fight island’ at the Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Let’s take a look at this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week nominees.
The first fighter that caught my eye was 20-year old Kay Hansen, who became the second youngest fighter on the UFC’s active roster.
Hansen secured victory on her UFC debut, after growing up watching former face of the company Ronda Rousey land her famous armbar victories. Hansen followed in the footsteps of her idol with an armbar of her own, over the experienced Jinh Yu Frey.
Another mention goes to Julian Erosa who successful made his return to the promotion after recently being cut. He kicked off his return and the action on the main-card by submitting Sean Woodson via a very tight D’Arce choke.
Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker served up an absolute classic fight of the night and potential fight of the year candidate bout in the main-event. But I thought I’d give this weeks award to someone who had their back firmly against the wall.
Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry is someone who adds an extra bit of colour and entertainment to fight week, but he didn’t have it all fun and games this time around.
Perry was coming into this contest against Micky Gall on the back of two straight defeats in a row. The first to Vicente Luque and second to Geoff Neal back in December 2019.
The enigmatic Mike Perry didn’t train at Jacksonwink for this contest, instead he brought in his new girlfriend Latory Gonzalez into his corner.
However these negatives, the welterweight looked better than ever, finding his range mid-way through the first round and landed a serious amount of punishment on the face of Gall.
His trademark over-hand right was a serious factor throughout the fight, and used his 20-fight professional experience to full effect to secure a decision win.
The 28-year old Perry dropped Gall on a number of occasions, and threatened to stop his opponent on multiple occasions.
An emotional triumph for Perry, who if he lost this contest would go 0-3 and was in serious danger of being cut from the organisation altogether.
In his post-fight interview the Michigan-native said that he was struggling financially after coming into bother with the government due to money owed in taxes. This could maybe suggest why he couldn’t pay for a camp to corner him.
As a fight fan, we need these types of characters in our sport and this story is something we can all get behind!
I hope ‘Platinum’ can regain his feet during these uncertain times and find a camp to help hone his skills. Congratulations Mike Perry, you are this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week!