Mike Perry, a resident of Orlando, Florida, didn’t get the result he was hoping for when he dropped a unanimous decision to Max Griffin at last weekend’s UFC event in his adopted hometown.
Perry was outworked throughout the majority of a three round fight but still put in a typically gritty performance, particularly in the fight’s final few minutes when trudged forward in need of a finish. While that ultimately didn’t come, ‘Platinum’ still emphasized his status as one of the welterweight division’s most crowd-pleasing fighters with his performance in spite of the result. And, in typical Perry fashion, he isn’t shying away from the defeat either.
Addressing his fans via social media in the aftermath, and sporting a pretty significant shiner, Perry said that he will take the loss on the chin and use it as a learning experience.
“I will let you see how life hits sometimes,” he said. “A couple of stitches there. I ain’t afraid of it, though. It’s all a learning lesson. … No shame in my game. I want to thank the UFC staff of being so kind and taking care of everybody. I want to thank the UFC for setting up this even in my hometown and putting me on the card with a bunch of other great athletes. And, uh, I want to wish you guys a good day while I sit here and ice my face.”
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The loss to Griffin was Perry’s second is succession after dropping a decision to Santiago Ponzinibbio last December and is, quite remarkably, his seventh bout for the promotion since debuting at UFC 202 in August of 2016.
A high profile fight — particularly the oft-rumoured bout with Darren Till — appears off the table for now so it will be interesting to see if Perry decides to take some time away to heal up and assess his skills, or if he will chase another bout as soon as possible.
One thing is for sure though, win or lose Mike Perry is always involved in entertaining bouts and that doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.