Mike Perry


Back in the win column
April 27, 2019
Perry defeated Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Perry entered as a betting underdog and was physically the smaller fighter in the cage, but his ability to take shots and deliver efficient counters led him to victory in this one. He likely dropped a first round in which Oliveira expended plenty of energy with creative striking, but bounced back to take the final two frames. The tide turned late in the second when Perry got a takedown and delivered the majority of his punishment via ground and pound. Heading into the third, the broadcast team announced that Oliveira appeared to have suffered a broken toe, and Perry was able to take advantage. He displayed excellent cardio and continued to fire off combinations that landed with regularity. Perry's brawling style will get him into trouble at times, but Saturday he found an opponent that was willing to engage in his type of fight, and he came out on top. The two took home a cool $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus for their efforts.
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Heads into Sunrise fight with new contract
April 24, 2019
Perry, who is a (+155) betting underdog against Alex Oliveira at Saturday's UFC Sunrise, has signed a four-fight contract extension with the UFC, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
While Perry is just 1-3 in his last four bouts, his aggressive style is gold for UFC brass looking to put on exciting fights. He lands an above-average 4.02 significant strikes per minute, and is willing to take punishment himself in order to connect with his own offense. That, mixed with his willingness to step in on short notice (which he's doing this weekend), will be plenty for Perry to hang on to his job with the promotion.
Taking on Oliveira at UFC Sunrise
April 16, 2019
Perry (12-4-0) was added to the April 27 UFC Sunrise card and will take on Alex Oliveira (20-6-1, 2NC) in a welterweight fight, Guilherme Cruz and Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com report.
Perry was appointed as a replacement for Li Jingliang, who pulled out of the fight in late March due to neck and back injuries. "Platinum" was handed the fight stoppage loss of his UFC career the last time he entered the Octagon in November, falling in the first round to Donald Cerrone.
Taps to Donald Cerrone Saturday in Denver
November 10, 2018
Perry lost to Donald Cerrone via submission (arm bar) at 4:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
What was expected to be a brutal war on the feet ended up being two guys battling for position on the mat. Perry got the short end of the stick. He scored a surprisingly easy takedown on Cowboy and was able to reverse position on the veteran a couple times, but it was clear that Perry was uncomfortable on the mat and he eventually left his arm exposed and paid for it. Perry has legitimate talents (power, iron chin), but the perception is that he's a one-dimensional striker and Saturday's performance did nothing to change that.
Gets Cowboy Cerrone in Denver
July 21, 2018
Perry will take on Donald Cerrone in a welterweight matchup at UFC Denver on Nov. 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Perry snapped a two-fight losing streak with a split-decision victory over Paul Felder at UFC 226, and has called out Cerrone multiple times. Both fighters prefer a brawling style, with each landing and absorbing more than 4.00 significant strikes per minute. There are more questions about Perry's defense, however, as he has a negative striking differential due to absorbing 4.59 significant strikes per minute. Even in the win over Felder, Perry only landed six more significant strikes than his opponent. Nonetheless, Perry seems to be fighting Cerrone at the right time, as Cerrone has dropped four of his last five fights in the octagon. At the same time, Cerrone is the more experienced and well-rounded fighter, which should cause Perry to enter as a slight betting underdog.
Digs deep to decision Paul Felder at UFC 226
July 7, 2018
Perry defeated Paul Felder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Don't let the term 'split decision' fool you, this was the best performance of Perry's UFC career. Having recently moved to New Mexico to train with the Jackson-Wink camp on a full-time basis, Perry displayed a smart, calculated game plan for the first time in his brief run with the company. He landed plenty of power shots and displayed a terrific chin as always, but Perry wasn't the same reckless maniac he proved to be in prior bouts. Perry has a boatload of natural ability and the move to Albuquerque might have been exactly what was needed to take his career to the next level. The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for Perry.