26-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 11-1-0
September 16, 2017 Mike Perry News
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Perry defeated Alex Reyes via KO (strikes) at 1:19 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Good on the mic, aggressive, and with a propensity to knock his opponents out, the UFC has a potential star on their hands in Perry. "Platinum" walloped an overmatched Reyes, although that doesn't mean a ton given the latter was making his UFC debut on three days' notice. In his post-fight interview, Perry called out Robbie Lawler. Sounds like a good idea to us. Perry is now 4-1 in the UFC and all four victories have been vicious knockouts.
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Fantasy AnalysisPerry was originally supposed to square off against Thiago Alves, but Alves withdrew the week of the fight for undisclosed reasons. On just three day's notice, the UFC found an opponent for Perry in the form of a 30-year-old set to make his promotional debut. Reyes hasn't lost a fight since 2007, and has won 12 contests in a row via stoppage -- only two of which made it out of the first round. Perry, who wants to be as active as possible, should enter as a large betting favorite. However, his aggressive style makes him as susceptible as any to absorbing a big shot that begins a sequence to end the fight.
Fantasy AnalysisPerry's scheduled bout is just days away, but UFC brass still seem to be trying to save Saturday's co-main event. Perry even stated via his personal Twitter account that he already has an opponent booked. Stay tuned for further updates.
Fantasy AnalysisPerry (10-1) knocked out Jake Ellenberger in April after suffering his first MMA loss, while Alves (22-11) came back from a two-fight losing streak to pick up a victory in April at UFC 210. The fight, which was originally scheduled for August, was moved due to the proximity with the Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather bout on Aug. 26.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's a lofty goal for Perry, but the welterweight's assertion seems to convey that activity is his top priority. Of course, he'll first need to medical clearance to compete, as the Tennessee Athletic Commission dealt him a 180-day suspension due to a nose injury suffered in his KO victory over Jake Ellenberger. Perry competed five times in 2016, so that pace is technically doable, though his first fight of that year came in March. His April 22 win over Ellenberger was his first fight of 2017.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough Perry won the fight with a knockout-of-the-year candidate elbow that put Ellenberger on the canvas for an extended period of time, he'll be the one walking away with a longer suspension. Other noteworthy suspensions from the event include Sam Alvey (180 days - left ankle), Scott Holtzman (180 days - right foot), Artem Lobov (60 days - right foot), Marcos Rogerio de Lima (60 days - cut), Eddie Wineland (60 days), Joe Lauzon (60 days), Jake Ellenberger (60 days) and Dustin Ortiz (60 days). All of the aforementioned fighters can return to combat earlier if they receive clearance from a doctor.
Fantasy AnalysisPerry seemed a bit confused by Ellenberger's timing in Round 1, but found his bearings in Round 2, dropping the 32-year-old before coming over the top with a brutal elbow in the clinch that sent him to the mat with a thud. Perry has shown that you need to beat him in every round of a fight or risk being knocked out, which makes him as dangerous as any fighter in the welterweight division. He moves to 3-1 in the UFC and 10-1 overall, with all 10 of those wins coming via KO/TKO.
Fantasy AnalysisPerry's explosive striking is a major asset, but he pushes forward with no regard for his own safety and he ate plenty of shots from Jouban as a result. Once Jouban began threatening with a takedown attempt here and there, Perry's output on the feet drop dramatically. He isn't going to win by standing around and letting his opponents dictate the pace of the action. Perry has the power to finish any welterweight on the UFC roster, but he doesn't have the smarts or the all around game to compete against the best fighters in the world. He is going to have to change his style of fighting if he hopes to make major strides moving forward. It may not even be possible.
Fantasy AnalysisPerry has still never gone the distance and he now has knockout wins in only two UFC fights in a span of just seven weeks. Perry's style - a heavy-handed striker, who is willing to eat shots in order to land them, would seem to play poorly against the top fighters in the UFC's welterweight division, but he had no problems handling Roberts on Saturday. There is little doubt that Perry has lightning in his hands, but he loads up on every single shot he throws and that isn't going to fly against the best in the world. Just 25-years old, the development of Perry is a story to watch moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisNow that's how you make your UFC debut. Perry has a bad habit of loading up on all of his strikes, something that will have to stop moving forward, but he got away with it against Lim. It's clear that he has gigantic power in his hands. It will be interesting to see how Perry's aggressive style plays against better opponents. It certainly worked fine for him on Saturday. Perry absorbed only eight significant strikes over the course of the 8:38 that the fight lasted, so it's certainly possible that he can return in the near future.