Mike Perry (fighter)

Michael Joseph Perry (born September 15, 1991) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Mike Perry
Mike Perry at UFC 229.jpg
Mike Perry at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada in October 2018
BornMichael Joseph Perry
(1991-09-15) September 15, 1991 (age 29)
Flint, Michigan, United States
Nickname(s)Platinum
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (2015–present)
Lightweight (2014–2015)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[1]
TeamJackson-Wink MMA (previously)[2]
Fusion X-Cel (2019–2020)[2][3]
MMA Masters (2021–present)[4]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1] under Paul Rodriguez and Julien Williams[5]
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins0
Losses1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins14
By knockout11
By decision3
Losses8
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision6
Amateur record
Total11
Wins8
By knockout6
By decision2
Losses3
Other information
Websitemikeperry.com
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background

Perry was born in Flint, Michigan, on September 15, 1991. For much of his life, he moved around to different schools between Michigan and Florida. He said, "(In Michigan) I was one of maybe 10 white kids in the whole school, so I was bullied a lot. It was the same thing at other schools. I wouldn’t back down, so I would get into fights." This instability led him to a path of drugs, house arrest, probation violation, and jail.[6] Perry started training boxing at age 11.[1] Upon his release from jail for burglary, he got a job as a trainer at a UFC gym in Winter Springs, Florida. His work as a trainer led to his career as a fighter.[7]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Perry made his professional debut in September 2014, after completing 11 amateur fights with a record of 8–3.[1] He competed for several regional promotions across the United States. In just under two years, he fought nine times while finishing all of his opponents via KO/TKO.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

 
Mike Perry in his boxing debut against Kenneth McNeil at the "Island Fights 33" in Pensacola, Florida in March 2015

Perry made his UFC debut on short notice against Lim Hyun-gyu on August 20, 2016, at UFC 202, after Sultan Aliev pulled out due to injury.[9] At the official weigh-ins, Perry faked a handshake with Lim then put his hands up yelling to Lim, "You thought you had a friend, boy!" before screaming at his opponent.[10] He defeated Lim via TKO in the first round after Perry dropped him twice with right hands, dropped him again with a left hook and then followed up with ground and pound before the referee jumped in to stop the fight.[11]

During the fight against Lim, Perry's cornerman and fellow fighter Alex Nicholson shouted during the pre-fight introductions, "He can't even open his motherfucking eyes." Nicholson was accused of racism for this, as Lim is Korean. Nicholson later addressed the comment on Twitter, saying, "I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards Lim I was hype for my brother but It's all love no hate." On the Monday following the fight Perry said on The MMA Hour, "I don't think any of my competition can see me, and when I hit Lim, I opened a lot of people's eyes."[12][13][14][15]

Perry faced Danny Roberts on October 8, 2016, at UFC 204.[16] At the official weigh-ins, Perry took a bite from a bar of chocolate and then told Roberts he was going to eat him alive.[17] He defeated Roberts via KO late in the third round after Perry hurt him with a knee from the clinch, dropped him with a right hand and then followed up with ground and pound before the referee jumped in to stop the fight.[18] The referee Marc Goddard appeared to stop the fight late, issuing an apology after the event via Twitter.[19]

Perry faced Alan Jouban, on December 17, 2016, at UFC on Fox 22.[20] At the official weigh-ins, Perry took a polaroid photo of Jouban and then tried to hand the photo to him as they traded words, but Jouban slapped it away with his hand and Perry aggressively feigned movement towards him while sticking his tongue out.[21] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Perry faced Jake Ellenberger on April 22, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 108.[23] He defeated Ellenberger via KO in the second round after Perry dropped him with a left hook early in round two then finished with a standing elbow from the clinch 30 seconds later.[24] Perry was awarded a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.[25]

Perry was expected to face Thiago Alves on September 16, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 116. Alves was pulled from the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Reyes.[26] Perry won the fight via knockout in the first round.[27] The win also earned Perry his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[28]

Perry faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos.[29] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[30]

Perry faced Max Griffin on February 24, 2018, at UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens.[31] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Perry was expected to face Yancy Medeiros on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226.[33] However, Medeiros pulled out of the fight on June 27, citing a rib injury. The following day, it was announced that Paul Felder would step in to face Perry in a Welterweight bout at the same event.[34] Perry won the fight via split decision.[35]

Perry faced Donald Cerrone on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139.[36] Perry lost the fight via submission due to an armbar in round one, marking the first time he had been finished in a professional mixed martial arts contest.[37]

After the fight with Cerrone, Perry signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC and faced Alex Oliveira on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[38][39][40] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision. The win also earned Perry his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[41]

Perry faced Vicente Luque on August 10, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 14.[42] He lost the fight via split decision.[43] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[44] As a result, Perry was expected to be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after undergoing surgery to correct facial injuries sustained during the Luque fight.[45]

Perry faced Geoff Neal on December 14, 2019, at UFC 245.[46] He lost the bout via first round technical knockout, marking the first loss in his MMA career by knockout.[47]

Perry faced Mickey Gall on June 27, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[48] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[49]

Perry was expected to face Robbie Lawler on November 21, 2020, at UFC 255.[50] However, Lawler pulled out of the fight in late October, citing an undisclosed injury.[51] Perry instead faced Tim Means at the same event.[52] At the weigh-ins on November 20, Perry missed weight, weighing in at 175.5 pounds, over the non-title welterweight limit of 171.0 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at a catchweight and Perry was fined 30 percent of his purse, which went to Means.[53] Perry lost the fight via unanimous decision.[54]

Mike Perry faced Daniel Rodriguez on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[55] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[56]

Submission Underground

On February 23, 2020, Perry faced Al Iaquinta in a grappling contest at Chael Sonnen's Submission Underground 11 event.[57] He won the match via fastest escape time.[58][59]

Personal life

Perry married professional tennis player Danielle Nickerson in 2019, after five years of dating. They separated in 2020.[60] For his fight against Mickey Gall in June 2020, Perry's corner consisted solely of his girlfriend Latory Gonzalez.[61] On January 6, 2021, Gonzalez gave birth to their first son, Ocean.[62][63]

Controversies

Homophobic and racist slurs

Perry has received criticism for his use of homophobic and racist slurs.[64][65][66][67] In response to complaints by fans and fellow mixed martial artists over his use of the word "nigga", Perry posted a video on social media to state that a DNA test had shown he has 2% African ancestry.[68] Perry issued a public apology for his past use of the N-word and vowed not to use it again, an act for his son for he wished his son would not act like him.[69]

Domestic violence allegations

On October 20, 2020, Perry's ex-wife Danielle Nickerson gave an interview to industry website MMA Junkie in which she described repeated incidents of alleged verbal and physical abuse from Perry. She claims that one night during an argument in February 2020, Perry became angry after an altercation with a woman at a bar, and once they were home, Perry took his frustrations out on Nickerson by taking her to the ground and hitting her with a barrage of punches, causing her face to bruise. She also stated that after the incident, she was picked up by Perry's mother and was taken to her home, and that when Perry later arrived at his mother's home, Perry's mother locked him out and called 911. She also alleged that during a prior incident, Perry struck her in the forehead while wearing his wedding ring and left a hematoma. She also stated that it got so bad that once her and Perry split, Nickerson immediately filed for a restraining order against Perry. Perry denies the allegations and no charges were filed.[70]

Street fight in Orlando

On New Years' Eve 2016, Perry was involved in an altercation in Orlando, Florida. A stranger had allegedly approached Perry's girlfriend, and punched Perry after Perry told him to go away, causing a fight that left the stranger unconscious after Perry landed a left hook.[71][72]

Restaurant fights in Texas

In July 2020, Perry was questioned by police due to an incident at a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas, where three people were allegedly assaulted. Part of the incident was filmed, showing an elderly man and Perry in a heated dispute. The man lunged towards Perry, and Perry threw a right-hand punch. The man was unconscious when police arrived on the scene, and was hospitalized. Perry was charged with class A assault, a misdemeanor. Perry said his actions were a response to others initiating physical contact with him.[73][74] Perry also reportedly was involved in a physical altercation with a woman, attacked a restaurant staffer, and repeatedly used the racial slur "nigga" during the incident.[75]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 14 wins 8 losses
By knockout 11 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 3 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–8 Daniel Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–7 Tim Means Decision (unanimous) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (175.5 lb) bout; Perry missed weight.
Win 14–6 Mickey Gall Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker June 27, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–6 Geoff Neal TKO (head kick and punches) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 1 1:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–5 Vicente Luque Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 August 10, 2019 3 5:00 Montevideo, Uruguay Fight of the Night.
Win 13–4 Alex Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 12–4 Donald Cerrone Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 1 4:46 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 12–3 Paul Felder Decision (split) UFC 226 July 7, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Max Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 11–2 Santiago Ponzinibbio Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 11–1 Alex Reyes KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 1 1:19 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–1 Jake Ellenberger KO (elbow) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 2 1:05 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 9–1 Alan Jouban Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 9–0 Danny Roberts KO (knee and punches) UFC 204 October 8, 2016 3 4:40 Manchester, England
Win 8–0 Hyun Gyu Lim TKO (punches) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 3:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 David Mundell KO (punches) Battleground: Perry vs. Mundell May 14, 2016 2 4:10 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 Frank Carrillo KO (punch) Square Ring Promotions: Island Fights 37 March 11, 2016 1 3:40 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Jon Manley TKO (knees and punches) Premier FC 18 November 14, 2015 2 3:32 Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 4–0 Micheal Roberts KO (punches) Bahamas Open Martial Arts Championship 2 August 29, 2015 1 5:16 New Providence, Bahamas Welterweight debut.
Win 3–0 Preston Parsons TKO (punches) House of Fame 3: Riverside Beatdown July 10, 2015 1 4:49 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Catchweight (160 lb) bout.
Win 2–0 James Rodriguez KO (punches) Florida Championship Fighting January 30, 2015 1 2:22 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Hector Tirado KO (punches) Top Alliance Combat 3 September 6, 2014 1 3:52 McDonough, Georgia, United States

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Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
1 fight 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Loss 0–1   Kenneth McNeil KO[77] 4 (4), 0:52 March 28, 2015 Pensacola, Florida, United States

See also

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