Mike Perry Apologizes to UFC, Sponsors in Statement: ‘I Will Be Better All Around’

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 2, 2020

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A little less than being caught on video punching an older man outside of a restaurant, UFC welterweight Mike Perry has issued a statement expressing remorse for his actions.

“I want to be a better role model for my family. For my unborn son. My Queen [Latory Gonzalez]. And for myself so I can earn the respect I deserve,” Perry recently wrote on Twitter. “To my sponors and my bosses at [UFC], I want to apologize for how my actions have impacted our relationships. I will be better all around.”

According to an arrest report, Perry allegedly assaulted three victims in the aforementioned incident on July 7 at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas, including the man he knocked down with a punch outside of the establishment. An arrest warrant was not issued, however.

The UFC released a statement shortly after the video surfaced, indicating that Perry will not be offered another fight until he takes the proper steps to address his issues with alcohol.

“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry. The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC. He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling. At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program.”

Perry is coming off a three-round verdict over Mickey Gall at UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27, where the only person in his corner was his recent girlfriend Gonzalez. “Platinum” is 7-6 over the course of a promotional tenure that began in 2016.

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