Mike Perry
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.
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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.
To fight Paul Felder at UFC 226
June 28, 2018
Perry will fight Paul Felder at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Perry needed someone to fight at UFC 226 after his original opponent, Yancy Medeiros, suffered a rib injury, forcing him to withdraw. Conveniently, Felder was originally scheduled for a July 14 fight against James Vick during Fight Night 133, but the bout fell through after Vick shifted into a headline spot for UFC Fight Night 135.
Needs new opponent for UFC 226
June 28, 2018
Perry is in search of a new opponent for UFC 226 on July 7, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Perry was originally scheduled to throw down against Yancy Medeiros in what projected to be an action-packed preliminary bout, but Medeiros was forced to withdraw due to a broken rib. With the event just nine days away, the promotion is currently scrambling to find a replacement. One fighter interested in taking the matchup is lightweight Paul Felder, who recently lost his opponent for the July 14 card in Boise.
Scheduled for UFC 226 vs. Medeiros
April 17, 2018
Perry is slated to take on Yancy Medeiros at UFC 226 on July 7, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Perry (11-3) is coming off back-to-back loses for the first time in his career after he was defeated by Max Griffin via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 27-30) at UFC on FOX 28 in February. Though his fights have been fan-friendly, the biggest knock on Perry as a fighter is that he's willing to get hit in order to land his own shots. The case is the same for Medeiros, however, as both fighters possess negative striking differentials, meaning each absorbs, on average, more strikes than they land. This type of recklessness may not be ideal for a run in the UFC's deep welterweight division, but it immediately puts this matchup as a frontrunner for Fight of the Night.