Mike Perry: “No excuses” for Ponzinibbio defeat

Mike Perry: “No excuses” for Ponzinibbio defeat

Mike Perry offers no excuses for his defeat to Santiago Ponzinibbio, but says his cardio could have been better.

By John Balfe - 18 Dec 2017

Mike Perry was in confident mood ahead of his UFC Winnipeg bout opposite Santiago Ponzinibbio last weekend.

‘Platinum’, buoyed by four knockouts in his previous five bouts, has predicted that his Argentine opponent wouldn’t escape the first round when they met in Canada last weekend. When all was said and done, not only did Ponzinbbio survive but he was awarded a unanimous points victory over Perry by two rounds to one.

Ponzinibbio now moves forward in the UFC’s welterweight frame, while Perry will be tasked with re-building a reputation which had made him one of 2017’s most talked about fighters.

As for last weekend’s defeat, Perry took to social media to explain his thoughts on the fight — and in typical Perry form, he isn’t pulling any punches.

Everything was good this week,” Perry wrote on Instagram. “Everything was good this week. No excuses, my opponent came with a good game plan and he put it together well. My cardio could have been better tho. I’ll be back and I’ll be better!

A year ago Perry was outpointed in his first career defeat against Alan Jouban and rebounded with two straight knockouts of Jake Ellenberger and Alex Reyes. It is likely that, injury-permitting, Perry will not want to spend too much time on the shelf and had previously stated that the UFC’s trip to his home state of Florida on February 24th is in his line of sight.

No opponents are currently linked. Interest had been retained in a Perry vs. Darren Till bout with that will likely be held off for the time being. Our pick — how does Mike Perry vs. Robbie Lawler sound?